Blasting for the first phase of New York City's $4.45 billion Second Avenue subway-expansion project is complete and excavation work has "reached substantial completion." Crews will now focus on concrete work in the tunnel, along with installing waterproofing and steel reinforcements. "This is a significant milestone and one which I am sure will be welcomed by all of our Second Avenue community neighbors," said Michael Horodniceanu, president of MTA Capital Construction. The subway extension should be operational by the end of 2016.

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