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L Train Tunnel Rehab Wraps Up Early on Accelerated Schedule

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has completed its rehabilitation of the L train tunnel between Manhattan and Brooklyn, which withstood damage during Superstorm Sandy in 2012.

The rehab project, incorporating construction methods that hadn’t been used before in the U.S., came in three months ahead of schedule. The original plan would have entailed suspending service entirely between April 2019 and October 2020.

“Everyone said we had to shut down the tunnel for 15 to 18 months,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday. “We challenged those who said there was no alternative solution, and as a result today the MTA is delivering a more resilient tunnel with improved service that is ahead of schedule and under budget—all while averting a shutdown.”

The completion of the tunnel rehab occurred amid the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the project remained on schedule, MTA Construction & Development implemented aggressive health and safety protections.

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