PEEKSKILL, N.Y. – A $6.8 million project will help stabilize an embankment on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson Line just north of Peekskill, with similar work planned elsewhere.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said work on the stabilization project will be completed in the fall, with all the work being done from barges in the river and on weekdays in off-peak hours.
“This is Metro-North’s first major bank stabilization project along the Hudson River and has been in the planning stages for several years,” Metro-North President Howard Permut said. “You might think that it is a result of Superstorm Sandy, which flooded 30 miles of track, but it’s not. However, the type of work we are doing here is similar to several projects soon to be undertaken elsewhere along the right of way. This kind of reinforcement is critical to protect the tracks from future storm-related erosion.”
The MTA said the project area is one of several prone to rockslides and washouts. Tracks are monitored with wires that measure any geologic shifts, sounding an alarm with rocks fall into the Hudson River.
The work is being done under the MTA's Capital Program by Woodcliff Lake, N.J. company Kiewit Infrastructure Co.
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