Gov. Cuomo announces L train project completed
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that the L train project is now completed.
The governor said the project took a lot less than the projected 15 months, being finished just within a year since it started.
It was originally planned to be a full shutdown, deemed necessary by the MTA in order to repair damage to the Canarsie tunnel that was sustained during Superstorm Sandy.
This caused a lot of anxiety for residents and business owners in Williamsburg because they worried about reduced visitors and excessive difficulties to get to the area. But shortly before the plan was supposed to be put into action, Gov. Cuomo stepped in and announced a new plan for a "slowdown" instead, working on one side of the tunnel at a time and only on nights and weekends. This allowed for trains to continue running, just on a reduced schedule.
At the time of the drastic change in plans, MTA officials had explained that engineers had found a new way to make these repairs that would require less aggressive demolition work, which is why the project was able to be completed much faster.