R Montague tubes close for 14 months of Sandy-related repairs

MTA New York City Transit has started so-called “Fix&Fortify” work to the R Subway Line Icon Montague Tubes.

The work, which began Aug. 2, will last for 14 months. The MTA is well into the most extensive and wide-ranging reconstruction effort in its history after Superstorm Sandy decimated the subway system last fall.

The Greenpoint and Montague Tubes suffered extensive damage during the storm, when they were flooded with salt water along with seven other interborough subway tubes. The work amounts to a near rebuilding of the link which connects Downtown Brooklyn with Lower Manhattan.

The work will be completed in two contracts — one to repair of all right-of-way components except signals and another to repair signal equipment. Work on the Montague Tubes is estimated to cost $308.6 million in total, with $220.6 million invested in the right-of-way component repairs.

“The job that we have ahead of us is an enormous challenge and we are grateful for the support that we have received from Governor Cuomo and the Federal Government in securing the funds necessary to perform these vital tasks,” Thomas F. Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said in a statement. “These investments in repairing and reinforcing the system’s infrastructure will help safeguard the most vulnerable areas of our subway system for decades to come.”

Overall, the MTA has been allocated nearly $3.8 billion in funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) for repair, resiliency, and disaster relief work for New York City Transit, Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road, and other MTA divisions. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has also allocated $3 million for MTA Bridges and Tunnels.

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