Updated 05/15/2012 08:25 PM
NY1 Follow-Up: MTA Contractors Contain Dust By Second Avenue Subway Construction
Some Upper East Side residents say they are seeing less dust from the Second Avenue subway construction project, after a NY1 story last month reported how some contractors were not following the rules. NY1's Transit reporter Tina Redwine filed the following report.
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Five weeks ago, NY1 reported on how some Metropolitan Transportation Authority contractors were ignoring city rules when carting debris from the tunnels of the Second Avenue subway site. NY1 found a number of trucks driving for blocks before raising their tarps in violation of a rule requiring the debris to be covered.
NY1 cameras also captured dust flying as debris was loaded into a truck, apparently violating the rule requiring contractors to wet down construction material to stop that from happening.
But when NY1 checked the construction in the area several times in the last week, all trucks but one had their debris enclosed and there was no visible dust, at least when the news crew was there.
Some residents said that is thanks partly to the story that aired on NY1.
"Things changed almost a day or two after. It's better," said Upper East Side resident Kathleen Brady. "It's still bad, but at least some mitigation is being done because of your report."
"I can see that the dust is less," said nanny Carmen Baul. "It's a really big help that the NY1 did a good job for improving this problem."
Since NY1's story first aired, MTA officials said they have been watching contractors more closely and coordinating more frequently between the contractors and city agencies.
Officials at the authority also said they had NYPD officials meet with trucking subcontractors and warn them that tickets would be issued for violations.
MTA officials say debris removal at the 72nd Street subway station should be completed by early next year. NY1 will be checking periodically to make sure contractors are adhering to the city's rules.