The plan to build a second subway line serving Manhattan’s congested East Side has been on the city’s drawing board for eight decades. Now, having withstood financial crises and opposition by residents near the construction zone, the $4.45-billion first phase of the Second Avenue subway project is under way, with 7,200 ft of tunneling almost completed out of a total of 15,000 ft planned. And as crews begin freezing a 150-ft stretch of earth for the second tunnel, they also are trying to thaw the hearts and minds of opposition groups. With the help of Rockaway, N.J.-based subcontractor Moretrench, a
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.