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Hudson Yards rail tunnel blasts to rock Far West Side

January 09, 2014 12:20PM

Roughly three months after Related Companies broke ground on the 800-foot Amtrak rail tunnel at Hudson Yards, some blasts necessary to hollow out the tunnel under the Hudson River may be set to begin as early as next week.

Any blasting required would take place on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3.30 p.m. over the next sixth months. There could be up to four blasts per day and the developer and the city readily admit that residents will likely hear them. Related sent a warning to Community Board 4 and other officials about the explosions. Noise levels will be monitored onsite, Related representatives told DNAinfo.

The $133 million Gateway project involves the removal of rock beneath the West Side Rail Yards, as well as general excavation and demolition. Two tunnels will connect New York Penn Station and New Jersey.

Related and Oxford Properties Group broke ground on the $4 billion Hudson Yards megaproject — likely the largest real estate project ever undertaken in the nation — last year. The tunnel is slated for completion by October 2015. [DNAinfo]Mark Maurer