Mayor jokes he’s not sure he’ll be alive to see the end of 2nd Ave construction

Posted at 10:48 PM, May 08, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-08 22:48:43-04

Manhattan (PIX11) – Grand Central Terminal, as we know it today, was built over a period of 10 years.  The Empire State Building went up lightning fast in just 1 year and 45 days, the Holland Tunnel in 7 years, then the mile and a half long Lincoln Tunnel in 3 years.vvBut perhaps the 2nd Avenue Subway Project takes the cake, since it has been in the works since 1929 and  in 2013 the work still continues and has led to Mayor Michael Bloomberg saying this:

“I’m 71.  I’ve got a 50/50 chance of living to see the first person on it.”

The MTA played right along one day later.

“We certainly hope and expect that Mayor Bloomberg is going to have a long and full life and by the time he turns 75, in early in 2017, we hope he will ride the 2nd avenue subway a couple of times,” said MTA Spokesperson, Adam Lisberg.

Placing all jokes aside, however, the 2nd Avenue project has undoubtedly been a major undertaking, complete with complaints from impacted residents regarding construction, congestion and of course the negative effects on small businesses. The Mayor even implied, during a recent press conference, he’s not 100% on board with the project that carries with it a massive price tag of more than $4.45 billion.

“It’s really an MTA project promoted by the state much more than the city,” said the Mayor.

MTA Spokesperson Adam Lisberg, however, said despite the criticism and the headaches the project along with three other MTA mega projects, will in the long-run benefit commuters and ease current congestion problems on the streets and in the mass transit system.