Skanska is building the 1.5-mile extension of New York City’s No. 7 subway line. It won’t be completed until next summer. But a special guest still got to ride those rails on December 20: outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who visited this Skanska joint venture project as the final stop on his farewell tour of the city.
Mayor Bloomberg speaking after arriving at the No. 7 line’s new 34th Street station
During his 12 years as mayor, Bloomberg – who steps down December 31 – championed development of Manhattan’s far West Side, which the expanded No. 7 line will serve. So, with the track work and other basic infrastructure mostly in place, it was possible to give the mayor the honor of this ride. He boarded a special dignitary train at the current No. 7 line terminus at Times Square, and took it to the new station our team built, at 34th Street and Eleventh Avenue, by the Javits Convention Center. This is the first subway extension financed by the city in more than 60 years.
Bloomberg said all workers involved in expanding this subway should be proud.
“The Skanska team is extremely proud of the work that has been completed on the 7 Line and is honored that Mayor Bloomberg ended his farewell tour to the city at one of our projects,” said Paul Olson, Skanska project manager. “We look forward to completing this challenging project in the upcoming year and bringing subway service to the West Side of Manhattan .”
Our team at work on the No. 7 line extension.
Skanska joint ventures have been involved in both phases of this work: first boring the subway tunnels, and currently installing the systems and finishes. A joint venture known as S3II – consisting of Shea, Schiavone and Skanska – began construction in December 2007. Our team’s $1.1 billion contract included mining about 12,000 feet of 22-foot diameter tunnels, using two tunnel-boring machines named after Bloomberg’s daughters, Emma and Georgina. That work was completed in June 2012. They also constructed the cavern for the new underground station.
Since August 2011, another Skanska JV – this time with Railworks – has been working under a $513 million contract to fit out the new station with walls and architectural finishes; lace the tunnels and station with a myriad of wires and pipes for utilities and communications systems; place the tracks; and outfit four major ventilation facilities with all mechanical, electrical and communications systems.
To read more about Mayor Bloomberg’s ride on the Number 7 extension, check out this recent story from The New York Times, here.