Exchange Place Reopens
Another milestone in the restoration of PATH service between
New Jersey and Manhattan was achieved when the Exchange Place
PATH station in Jersey City was reopened.
It had been closed since September 11th when the collapse
of the Twin Towers destroyed the PATH station under the World
Trade Center and broken water and sewer mains flooded the
PATH tunnels under the Hudson all the way back to Exchange
The Port Authority of New York and New Jerseys $160
million restoration project included the construction of new
crossover tunnels, along with new track work, to create a
terminal station. In addition, the stations platforms
were extended to accommodate up to 10-car trains.
Trains once again run from Newark to Exchange Place, where
commuters can take ferries, which leave every six minutes
during rush hour, to Manhattan. The temporary PATH station
on the World Trade Center site is scheduled to open in November
and restoration of PATH service between Jersey City and lower
Manhattan will resume at that time.
The work at Exchange Place, as well as in the tunnels and
the reconstruction of the PATH station on the New York side,
was done by a tri-venture consisting of Yonkers Construction
Co. Inc., Tully Construction Co. Inc. and A.J. Pegno Construction
Co. with Yonkers functioning as the managing partner.
Power Plant in Astoria
Slattery Skanska/Gottlieb Skanska, a joint venture, has begun
construction on a $245 million, 500-MW, combined-cycle power
plant in Astoria, N.Y.
The natural gas fired plant will be located on a vacant 4-acre
lot adjacent to the existing Charles M. Poletti Generating
The project team is responsible for the overall construction
of the plant, including the erection of a 97,000-sq.-ft.,
two-story building to house the plant equipment. Additional
work includes the installation, testing and commissioning
of all plant equipment, including two dual-fuel frame 7FA
combustion turbine generators and one D11 steam turbine generator
as well as two heat recovery steam generators. Two 160-ft.-tall
stacks will be erected as well.
Also included in the contract will be the installation of
a 1 million-gal. water tank; a 32-cell, air-cooled condenser;
three step-up transformers; switchgear, 1.4 million lin. ft.
of cable; 215,000 lin. ft. of conduit; and 26,000 lin. ft.
of cable tray. Connecting the power equipment will be 110,000
lin. ft. of process piping.
The project is expected to be completed by September 2004.
East River Repowering
Slattery Skanska/Gottlieb Skanska has also been awarded a
$200 million contract by Consolidated Edison to repower the
43,000-sq.-ft. East River Generating Station on Manhattans
Lower East Side.
To repower the 360-MW power plant, the development team will
install two General Electric Frame 7A gas turbines, two Vogt-NEM
Inc. heat recovery steam generators and three Atlas Copco
gas compressors. One hundred thousand lin. ft. of process
pipe will be installed to connect the new machinery.
Construction of a new water treatment plant on the site is
also a part of the contract. The new treatment plant will
consist of a 9,000 GMP reverse osmosis system that will produce
pure water for steam generation. Electrical work includes
the installation of 77,000 lin. ft. of conduit, 15,000 lin.
ft. of cable tray, 665,000 lin. ft. of power and control cable
and 30,000 electrical terminations.
The project is scheduled for completion in May 2004.
Goethals Bridge Make-Over
The Board of Commissioners of the Port Authority of New York
and New Jersey has approved a plan to rehabilitate the 75-year-old
Goethals Bridge which links New Jersey and Staten Island.
The $63 million project will take three years and will include
the removal of the asphalt riding surface, rehabilitation
of the bridge deck where necessary, replacement of deck joints
and storm drains, rehabilitation of a portion of the structural
steel, installation of a new a new asphalt riding surface,
and replacement of the sidewalks.
Preliminary work will begin this fall and will begin in earnest
in April 2004 in the westbound direction and continue in those
lanes until June 2005. Eastbound work will follow from June
2005 to December 2006.
Gold Coast Development Continues
The City of Jersey City has retained Schoor DePalma to oversee
the construction of Greene Street between Christopher Boulevard
and Washington Street on the Jersey City riverfront.
The $15 million project is a product of the public-private
partnership between Jersey City and Mack-Cali Realty Corp.,
which will develop a 1-million-sq.-ft. office building that
will front Greene Street. The project will result in improved
vehicular circulation through the area and allow for the egress
and ingress of traffic to properties with frontage on Greene
Gateway Takes Over
Gateway Demolition has taken over the problem-ridden demolition
of the New York Department of Sanitations 57th Street
Incinerator and Garage, a four-building complex that stretches
along the West Side Highway between 55th and 57th streets.
The contract, originally valued at approximately $4 million
was awarded to another contractor in 1999, but after months
of problems, including the collapse of scaffolding onto West
57th Street in June 2002, the city stopped work on the site
The previous contractors bonding company brought Gateway
in to complete the work, which still includes the demolitions
of the 56th Street Overpass. Demolition work is expected to
be completed by the end of September.
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