Federal officials "concerned that it has taken the Central Subway Project so long to address this serious deficiency."
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If time is, indeed, money, the Central Subway project is in double trouble.
A recent report by an overseer monitoring the $1.6 billion federally funded project laments that the controversial subway line is at risk of falling well short of Federal Transportation Administration minimums for both surplus time and money.
Ominously, the Project Management Oversight Contractor further highlighted a potential drain of even more time and money at the nascent Union Square/Market Street Station. Construction work there initiated in January "has progressed very slowly," reads an April report from the "PMOC" placed by the feds to oversee the Central Subway project.
Construction crews are "having great difficulties installing the headwall piles." Only six of 46 were completed in the project's first three months; at that pace installing the other 40 will stretch until June of next year. This project is scheduled for completion nine months prior to then, in September 2013 -- and must
be completed before the arrival of the first tunnel-boring machine, which is slated for November.
These delays are chalked up to "equipment breakdowns, casing segment shearing, and the inability to achieve the verticality required by the contract." In layman's terms, that last item essentially means the 4-foot diameter, 150-foot deep piles aren't going in straight enough. "If the contractor does not significantly increase pile production, the project may incur delay costs," notes the report.
That's never good news. Especially when so much of this 12-page report is dedicated to hammering home the point that this project, scheduled for completion in 2018, is already
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