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Worksite Commitment: Tunnel Reconstruction Project

The L subway line reconstruction project is underway, and we know it’s disruptive for the community, especially at 1st Av in Manhattan and at Bedford Av in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We are committed to keeping the construction areas safe, as easy as possible to navigate and with as little disruption to your daily life as possible. Here are the specific commitments we have at this time, and we will continue updating this list throughout the project.


A safe jobsite for you and our workers. Safety is our top concern, so we are:

  • Before crews leave for a shift, we do a walkthrough of the site to make sure the area is safe, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) national standards, for customers and our workers.

Keeping an ear on the noise. Unfortunately, getting the job done on-time means there will be noisy times. A few things we’re doing to minimize disruptions including:

  • We are using technology to monitor the noise levels, and are continuously checking it to make sure we’re keeping it in check.
  • You will see us using large pieces of fabric called sound blankets around the jobsite to help absorb the noise, especially on stationary equipment along the fence lines where you’re walking.
  • When possible, we’re keeping noisy machinery as far away from where you walk and live as we can.
  • Currently, the working hours are from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., and when possible, we’re limiting that last hour from 10 to 11 p.m. for clean up work that doesn’t require noisy machinery.


Containing the mess and mud. Construction is a messy business, but we’ve found ways to keep the mess in check. A few things we’re committed to doing include:

  • Cleaning the areas around the construction barriers weekly. We are checking on the dirt and trash situation regularly, working with NYC Department of Sanitation, and will do additional cleanup work as necessary.
  • Making sure trucks (and their tires) are cleaned from mud before they head out on the roads.
  • Hosing down our areas to keep the dust on the jobsite and out of your air.

Opening up the lines of communication. Even though we’re doing our best, we know there could be issues that you see or hear before we do. The most direct way to get us your input is through this dedicated comment form:


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