Tuesday, July 24, 2018
March 2021 is new end date for Van Wyck project
From CBS 2:
“I am a Queens boy,” the governor said right before cutting the ribbon for the newly repaired Queens Midtown Tunnel, damaged during Superstorm Sandy.
But if you want bragging rights for having Queens roots, you have to take the pain with the acclaim, Kramer reported. Right now, there are some borough residents who have a bone to pick with “Andy from Queens.”
“Construction is horrible around here. You can’t go nowhere,” one driver said.
“Very annoying,” said another.
“It’s not easy to travel everywhere,” another said.
“I’m always late,” a man added. “I have to leave an hour earlier to get on the Van Wyck.”
The work began in 2010, but that was just phase one, which, according to the state’s records, was a year and a half late and millions of dollars over budget.
They’re now working on phase two, phase three and the yet-to-be started phase four to replace six decaying overpasses, rehab four more and widen the highway from six lanes to eight – a complex and intricate project that first required widening everything else to accommodate more lanes.
As the phases have multiplied, so has the cost.