Night and Weekend Work on F Train Tunnel Rehab to Begin on Monday
The MTA next Monday will begin work on the rehabilitation of the Rutgers Tube, a subway tunnel under the East River that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy eight years ago.
The long-awaited repairs include track replacement, signal equipment, cabling, tunnel lights, and new pumps. The MTA is also installing a backup generator connected to the pumps, to alleviate any future flooding. In addition, crews will patch up dilapidated concrete structures (“bench walls”) rather than demolish and replace, a tactic learned during the repairs of the L Train tunnel.
To accomplish the project, F train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn will shut down on nights and weekends starting September 21. During these hours, the trains will be rerouted to the A/C line, between Borough Hall and West 4th Street.
Subway stations impacted by this infrastructure work include East Broadway and York Street.