City Finally Fixing Delancey Subway Vault Roof 3 Years After Collapse

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 at 6:00 am by
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Until a couple weeks ago, not much had changed in the three years since the southeast corner of Delancey and Essex collapsed. It was believed at the time that the excessive weight of a delivery truck caused the hollow sidewalk to open wide, reaching deep into the subway station. The menacing hole outside the Olympic Restaurant was quickly covered with plywood boards and a netted perimeter. And there it continued to sit, becoming a liquor bottle graveyard.

Long-overdue repairs are now underway. Maybe the new SPURA redevelopment lit a fire under the city’s ass to finally fix. Either way, new construction fencing is on the spot, as is a backhoe awaiting its orders. According to city documents, the job is to structurally rehabilitate the subway vault roof and the sidewalk slab above it. Completion date is listed as March 23, 2014, with a cost of approximately $766,060 [PDF]. Though, let’s not hold our breath.

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Sidewalk collapse on Delancey, January 2011

During the street work, the B39 bus stop (to Brooklyn) is temporarily relocated across Essex Street, and remains on the south side.

About time…

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