Rehabilitation of Rutgers Tube

  • Client: MTA Construction & Development
  • Location: New York, NY

Project Overview

The Rutgers Tube Project was undertaken to restore and upgrade various systems and components within the Rutgers Tube that had sustained damage during Superstorm Sandy. Additionally, it addressed systems and components that had reached the end of their operational lifespan. The overarching goal was to achieve State of Good Repair (SOGR) and enhance long-term resilience to withstand future extreme weather events.

As the Consultant Construction Manager, we provided oversight for a project with an extensive scope that encompassed several critical aspects, including:

  1. Communication infrastructure improvements involving copper and fiber cables, antenna systems, and help points.
  2. Mechanical system upgrades, including the replacement of fan plant equipment and the replacement of eight sump pump plants, complete with controls network enhancements.
  3. Electrical and plumbing work.
  4. Traction power system enhancements.
  5. Installation of new cellular infrastructure.
  6. Implementation of a cable management rack system.
  7. Track and signal system improvements.
  8. Architectural enhancements.
  9. Repairs to duct banks and structural beams.
  10. Enhancements to platform slabs and components, such as ADA accessibility stairs and tactile/rubbing boards.
  11. Replacement of High-Pressure Sodium (HPS) lighting with energy-efficient LED lighting in the tunnel.
  12. Implementation of environmental hazard control measures, including addressing lead, asbestos, and dust control.

Collectively, these efforts aimed to not only restore the affected systems but also to fortify the tunnel’s infrastructure, making it more resilient against future environmental challenges.