Monday, July 18, 2011

From the latest Construction Alert: more late shifts (and a possible overnight one); new dispatch center, dust control seem responses to documented complaints

The latest two-week Atlantic Yards Construction Alert, dated 7/18/11 and embedded below, contains several things worth noting, including mention of a possible third (overnight) shift at the arena site, plus two mitigation measures that seem to be responding to recently documented community complaints.

Possible late shifts for utility work
Excavation for storm/sanitation/water services near the intersections of Dean & Flatbush as well as 6th & Pacific will commence during this reporting period or the next. These excavations (trenches) will be in excess of 25 feet below street level and will require tie-in to existing piping within both Dean Street and /or 6th Avenue. Permits are being submitted to borough agencies to allow thee tie-ins and a maintenance and protection of traffic/pedestrians plans(s) is being prepared; installation will not occur until permits have been granted. A second and/or third shift is being considered to execute this work.
A new delivery dispatch center

This seems a response to concerns that trucks have been queuing and idling on residential streets:
Block 1129 (Carlton, Dean, Vanderbilt, Pacific) – Construction Staging
FCRC and Hunt are working to create a delivery dispatch center here to dispatch all delivery trailers and trucks to the arena site in order to further minimize impacts to the local traffic and pedestrian patterns. This dispatch center is expected to be operation during this reporting period.
Dust control measures

This seems a response to complaints about dust:
The placement of additional geo-textile fabric and stone on Block 1129 to assist with dust control and maintenance of streets will continue during this reporting period. Precast concrete risers, tubs and vomitory wall deliveries to the lay down area east of 752 Pacific Street will continue this period.
More late work

The document cites a potential third shift on the arena site (emphasis added):
Please Be Advised of Anticipated Night Time & Weekend Work

During this reporting period the following work will be performed either at night or during the weekend as noted. All work will be done pursuant to approved permits:

Long Island Rail Road/Vanderbilt Yard/ Carlton Avenue Bridge:
o As of May 2nd, yard construction hours are 6am – 4:30pm.
o In addition, as of Saturday May 7, 2011, construction work will take place on Saturdays during the hours of 7am – 5:30pm for a period of at least three months. Work will consist of the installation of SOE piles along the south side of the jobsite within block 1120 & 1121;
along “the bump” on Block 1120 (Lots 19, 28 and 35) and near the former gas station on Block 1121, lot 42.

Arena Site:
o Arena weekend work will be scheduled no later than close of business on the preceding Thursday, where make-up work due to weather or other delays makes it necessary. Saturday work is expected to continue for this reporting period.
o Subject to receipt of permits, a second shift will be continued throughout this reporting period, from 3 – 11 PM, Monday-Friday only. Also subject to receipt of permits, a third shift may be instituted during this reporting period, from 11 PM – 7 AM, Monday –Friday only.
o The Developer has been requested to advise ESDC and STV of what contractors will be
working over the weekend and what they will be working on.

NYC Transit Improvements:
o Temporary concrete road decking is substantially complete, however, in the event there is a need to do any related work, such work will be performed at night per DOT regulations.
Traffic will be restored every morning according to DOT stipulations.
o Concrete and steel repair work will be conducted in the IRT Subway tunnel under a GO for the weekend of July 9th through the morning of July 11th. All work associated with this GO will take place below grade within the tunnel.
o Work related to demolition of BMT structure and below grade concrete, steel and MEP work may be conducted on Saturdays, July 9th and 16th, during this reporting period. All such work will take place within the site.

o None anticipated at this time.

Block 1129 – staging arena:
o Contractors conducting night work may have cause to enter and exit this area as it serves as a staging and material/equipment storage area.

Off Site Mitigation work:
o Work taking place at Pacific/Flatbush and4th/Pacific will be done during the overnight pursuant to DOT permits. Work will be concluded by 6 AM_so that related MPT is removed for the morning rush hour.
During the course of work, conditions may be encountered at the site which may warrant the need for night and/or weekend work. Work will be done pursuant to approved permits.

FINAL Atlantic Yards Construction Alert 7-18-2011

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