Michels Corporation has been awarded the first of three contracts to fabricate and construct the permanent structural concrete lining, interior structures, and fit-out for caverns and tunnels excavated underneath Grand Central Terminal for the East Side Access project.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) awarded the $200 million contract for works that will take place in the caverns and tunnels in the south segment of the future Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) terminal below Grand Central.
Procurement for the other two contracts for the north and central locations will follow. The contract is being funded by federal and local funds.
The East Side Access project will bring the Long Island Rail Road into a new terminal below Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. The new connection will certainly increase the LIRR’s capacity into Manhattan, and is expected to dramatically shorten travel time for Long Island and eastern Queens commuters traveling to Manhattan east.
Each cavern will contain four tracks, an upper and lower level platform, and a mezzanine.
Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction, said: “We’re pleased to be entering this phase of construction for East Side Access in Manhattan. This contract begins the construction on the interior work that 160,000 weekday LIRR customers will experience when the new LIRR station terminal opens below Grand Central.”