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Exchange Place Station - PATH Line Improvements

Tunnel excavation and lattice girder geometries and layout
Estimated cost: Commencement:
October 19, 2002
Completion date:
October 19, 2003
Jersey City, NJ
United States
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Station platform expansion and track crossover reconfiguration for PATH Lines at Exchange Place Station; re-mining of running tunnels and crossovers. Excavation in Manhattan Schist with road headers and support of caverns with rock bolts, lattice girders and fiber reinforced shotcrete.

Geology description:

Heavy foliated gneiss, schist, schistose gneiss with pegmatite intrusions occasional amphibolite; Transitional (Slope/Rise) Rock.

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Exchange Place station on the Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) commuter rail service between New York and New Jersey. After the collapse of the World Trade Center, Exchange Place station and the river crossing running tunnels were closed. Two 16 ft (5 m) long concrete plugs were installed at the Exchange Place end of the under river tunnels to prevent flooding of the subway system as a result of water flowing from broken water mains and sewer lines and generated by extensive fire fighting efforts at Ground Zero. Excavated in the mica schist of the New York / New Jersey region, the station complex comprises a set of five roughly parallel tunnels. Turning the existing elements into a terminus and extending the platform tunnels a further 150 ft (45 m) involves excavating new crossovers, modifying the profile of the existing tunnels, raise the invert and crown in others up to 9 ft (3 m) and back filling unneeded tunnel spaces to create the ground in which new spaces can be excavated. Only man access was available through the elevator facilities at the closed Exchange Place station, material had to be carried out by specially equipped work trains about 4 miles (6.5 km) west to the underground station to the surface staging areas. To re-open this important element of infrastructure - PATH provided a daily average of 260,000 passengers trips prior to September 11, 2001 - as soon as possible the whole project was finished in about 24 month.

Plan Layout of PATH Line Improvement and Widening
3D Model of Crossovers
Breakout from exisiting Tunnel
Lining Demolition at Tunnel Widening
Road Header
Road Heading Excavation
Crossover under Construction
View from Station Platform to Crossovers
Completed Crossover