Park Avenue Viaduct Update: Permanent Repairs Completed
The final phase of accelerated repairs to the Park Avenue Viaduct at 118th Street has been completed, in less than the forecasted time and under the projected budget.
A new permanent column has been built to replace the temporary repairs that were made this past summer.
The repairs were done in accordance with current railroad design standards and all of the permanent repair work was performed without any service impacts to our customers.
The completion marks the full repair of the steel structure that on May 17 was impacted by a fire that erupted on the land under the viaduct. That fire shut down the main artery that carries trains into and out of Grand Central Terminal.
After the fire, immediate temporary repairs were made in two and a half days by Metro-North forces. That was followed by additional temporary repairs completed by Labor Day that allowed us to lift temporary speed and operational restrictions through the area.
The final repairs, which include a new permanent support column, were made in less than five months through an expedited procurement and repair process.
The street under the viaduct is owned by the City of New York, and we continue to work with their representatives to ensure the necessary corrective actions are taken to maximize safety and security in this area.
We thank you--our customers-- for your patience as our employees worked on these emergency repairs.
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