Going Up: The “A” Train Wall
Over the last several weeks a steel wall has been rising up steadily between the town and the rest of Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways. As part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s plan to protect the A train tracks from future storms, each panel projects seven feet out of the ground.
As reported by Wave correspondent Katie McFadden, each 40-foot sheet of A690 steel is being pounded in by a massive pile driver. The 33-feet of the wall below ground is meant to reduce the risk of erosion and anchor the wall in case of severe storm surges, tides and winds.
One Broad Channel driver noted a continuous line of flat-bed trucks carrying the steel plates, usually as many as eight at a time, have been parked along Cross Bay Boulevard just off the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge.
Noting the necessity of protecting the subway infrastructure and the island, he commented, “Look, we got hit hard by Hurricane Sandy. We are still recovering. We get it.”
“But,” he added, pointing to the beauty of Jamaica Bay rapidly disappearing behind the rising wall, “is this the best way to do it?”