MTA Announces Rehabilitation Project Of The Metro-North Park Avenue Viaduct

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced that MTA Construction & Development (C&D) will award a $382 million.

The money will fund the Design-Build contract for the Park Avenue Viaduct Phase 1 Project to begin reconstruction efforts on the Park Avenue Viaduct in East Harlem.

The contract represents the first phase of a long-term project. All Metro-North Railroad trains traveling along the Hudson, Harlem and New Haven lines must utilize the Park Avenue Viaduct to access Grand Central Terminal, totaling 98 percent of all Metro-North trains.

The mile-and-a-quarter stretch encompasses four Metro-North tracks between 110th Street and the Harlem River Lift Bridge.  

This project will replace major segments of the elevated steel structure, nearly half of which was first constructed in 1893, to ensure a state of good repair.


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The work will include replacing existing structures, tracks, power, communications, and signal system from the north side of East 115th Street to the south side of East 123rd Street in Harlem, NY.

The project is expected to reduce local noise and vibration levels compared to those from the existing viaduct by utilizing modern design and materials.  

As a part of this project, MTA will enter into a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) with the Building and Construction Trades Council of Greater New York and Vicinity, its participating affiliated Local Unions and their members (BCTC).

The agreement – representing the first PLA since the creation of C&D – is a commitment to working with union partners to improve labor efficiency and reduce costs on capital projects without compromising worker pay or safety.

Cost savings are expected through improved work rules – such as unified holidays, 40-hour work weeks, flexible start times, and maximum use of apprenticeships – as well as enabling health insurance reforms that provide better treatment of workplace injuries and reduce lost time.

The MTA currently anticipates construction to begin in the second quarter of 2023, and expects it to be complete in 2026.

The community can also expect regular communication, during construction, including regular updates and at key milestones on the project’s webpage https://new.mta.info/project/park-avenue-viaduct and dedicated email address (pavoutreach@mtacd.org) to field concerns.



Find more information at http://www.cb11m.org/park-avenue-viaduct-reconstruction/

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