As New York State’s roads, bridges and airports show signs of aging, the wheels have begun to spin on many exciting, new public infrastructure projects, like the Gateway Hudson Tunnel and the Long Island Rail Road’s Third Track.
5 NY Infrastructure Projects on the Rise
1) Gateway Hudson Tunnel
The $12.7 billion Gateway Hudson Tunnel is one of the nation’s largest infrastructure projects. The tunnel beneath the Hudson River is being built through a partnership of New York State, New Jersey and the Port Authority. It recently received government funding approval.
The project includes the construction of a new train tunnel and the repair of Amtrak’s century-old line between New York City and Newark, New Jersey. The plans call for two approximately 5,130-foot-long tubes to be constructed with a Tunnel Boring Machine. It is expected to take about seven years to complete.
2) LaGuardia Airport
In June 2016, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a $4 billion plan to completely renovate LaGuardia Airport, including a new Central Terminal Building.
Over a five-year period, New York State is building a “world-class” main entrance, linking all four of its terminals and creating more transit connections. In addition, a new roadway network and a 300-car parking garage are being constructed.
The first new gates are expected to open this year, but the entire project will not be completed until 2021. Seventy-five percent of LaGuardia’s renovation will be financed with private investment.
3) LIRR’s Third Track
The long-awaited and long-debated Third Track for the Long Island Island Rail Road received the green light last December.
The 9.8-mile track will be built on the LIRR’s main line between Floral Park and Hicksville. The plan also includes elimination of seven grade crossings, several station renovations and six new parking garages.
Construction is expected to begin this year. It may take as long as three to four years to complete and cost almost $2 billion.
4) Penn Station
The Pennsylvania Station-James A. Farley Post Office Complex is another one of New York’s major infrastructure projects under development.
The old post office across from Madison Square Garden is being redesigned into a 255,000-square-foot train hall that aims to reimage the look and feel of the old Penn Station. The project will include the Moynihan Train Hall, a redeveloped LIRR concourse and new subway stations.
The $1.6 billion redevelopment is expected to be finished by 2020.
5) JFK International Airport
Last January, Gov. Cuomo announced a $10 billion plan to transform JFK International Airport with interconnected terminals and improved road and rail access.
In July, New York State requested proposals for plans that would unify disconnected terminals, redesign internal roadways, expand AirTrain rail access, centralize parking lots and revamp amenities. As of now, there is no timetable on when work would begin or be completed.
With these and many other infrastructure projects underway across New York State, 2018 promises to be a big year for public construction.