Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Mystery solved! Work on sewer chamber resumes, as Forest City Ratner ramps up construction activities

Now that the installation of sewer chambers are mentioned in an Atlantic Yards Construction Update issued for the weeks beginning July 6 and July 13, we finally have an answer to a mystery lingering from May--as well as an indication that life in the Atlantic Yards footprint, given new infrastructure work and the partial closure of Sixth Avenue, will become more complicated, at the least.

I had wondered back then what happened to plans for upgraded water and sewer installations, including, as stated in a Construction Update from last November, "Work will begin on a new sewer chamber on 6th Avenue at Pacific Street."

That new sewer chamber was not mentioned in subsequent Construction Updates, which are issued by the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) via Forest City Ratner (FCR). So I observed that it looks like the utility work stopped abruptly instead of being completed.
The ESDC wouldn't answer but instead sent me to FCR, which, of course, didn't respond. It was another reason to doubt the developer's claim that it had completed all the work it could do while lawsuits were pending

Now much work, including the sewer work, is resuming (though lawsuits are still pending). 

Beginning to ramp up

The penultimate Construction Update, issued for the weeks beginning June 22 and June 29, cited relatively little work:

Long Island Rail Road/Vanderbilt Yard Work

Remobilization of contractors

General excavation in the Yard, starting on Block. 1120 -Work at the East Portal in preparation for concrete pour -Work in preparation for cap beams required for Trestle

Work is anticipated to continue through the end of the year.


Environmental Remediation

Rigs are on site, Block 1118, lot 1 and Block 1119, lots 1, 64, in connection with soil borings that are being conducted.

Ramping up

The latest Construction Update indicates a broader scope of work:

Long Island Rail Road/Vanderbilt Yard Work

Remobilization of contractors

Continuation of general excavation/finish grading in the Yard, Block. 1120 and 1121

Continuation of work at the East Portal in preparation for concrete pour

Assembly and launching of Trestle Bridge (BL1121)

Installation of electrical cable on Cable Bridge (BL1120)

Installation of conduit and cable within Yard (BL1120 and 1121)

Installation of underground water line (BL1120 and 1121)

Work is anticipated to continue through the end of the year.


Environmental Remediation

Previously installed rigs have been replaced by small crew and pick up truck.

Sampling on Block 1118, lot 1 and Block 1119, lots 1, 64, continues


Infrastructure

Contractor will be moving equipment -- caterpillar-tread machine to site as part of mobilization for infrastructure work

Work related to the required Maintenance and Protection of Traffic (MPT) will commence. MPT, as approved by DOT, will include:
Modifications to the signal at 6th and Pacific.
Barricades will be installed to isolate the Chamber 4 work from vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The west lane of 6th between Pacific and Dean will be closed and will not accommodate southbound traffic on that block. The crosswalk at the southwest corner of pacific and 6th will be closed.
As required by DOT’s , Traffic Enforcement Agents will be provided to direct traffic

Infrastructure work will consist of the installation of new sewer chambers at the intersection of 6th Avenue at Pacific Street. This work is part of the first of three phases of upgraded water and sewer installations previously commenced at the site. Chamber work is expected to take 12 weeks from commencement.

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