Cuomo Wants Experts To Assess L Train Tunnel Before Shutdown

December 11, 2018 - 1:27 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — With the L train shutdown expected to begin in April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has decided he'll examine the deteriorating tunnel this Thursday night.

The question on a lot of New Yorkers minds is not whether the tunnel needs to be improved, but rather how long will it take and what is the best way to do it.

“This tunnel is 100 years old, there was damage done during Hurricane Sandy, and repairs are necessary,” Gov. Cuomo told WCBS 880. “But, I think New Yorkers — especially with this disruptive of a project — want to make sure that everything that can be done to accelerate the project has been done.”

The repairs are expected to cause a 15-month headache for commuters throughout Brooklyn, and the construction plans have yet to be finalized.

Therefore, Cuomo wants to bring in international expert analysts to assess the tunnel linking Williamsburg and Manhattan.

“Let's get the best experts not government people private sector people work all over the world,” the governor said.

The Canarsie tunnel was severely damaged during Superstorm Sandy in October 2012. The MTA has also argued in court that the shutdown is essential after it was residents in the West Village, sued to block the project.

The shutdown is expected to affect more than 225,000 New Yorkers who utilize the line to cross the East River every day.