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NY Day – Tunnelers’ progress

The tunnelers tell me that the drilling head has now reached 83rd Street, 10 blocks south already. As many as 40 trucks are being loaded in an 8-hour shift!

Separately, I am told that the rock near the entrance is not stable enough to withstand the battering of the return tunnel–currently holes are being drilled at various angles in the area and these will be filled with a freezing liquid to stabilise the rock.

Massive sections are being lowered into the excavation


The loneliness of the nightwatchman.


4 Responses

  1. Ben,
    I hope this isn’t a manufactured earthquake. I always thought that Manhatten was solid rock.

  2. John. We hope so too. The amount and power of the blasting that was required to hollow out Second Avenue was a great deal more than was expected. Several of the old walk-ups have had to be reinforced.

  3. Hey can I copy and paste this post on my web site? What references must I give? You might give this info for other people too.

    • Go ahead. The infomation is a little out-of-date though–The drilling head is already south of 78th Street and the garden of freezing pipes is about to be cultivated (Frosting). I hope to put up later pictures in the New Year

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