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City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2 Manhattan Leg Shaft 33B Project

Final Environmental Impact Statement

DEP is pleased to announce the availability of the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the City Tunnel No. 3, Stage 2 Manhattan Leg Shaft 33B Project. The Notice of Completion and the Final EIS are available for viewing below. Paper copies of the document along with the appendices can be examined at any of the repositories listed below. Electronic versions of the Final EIS on CD (in pdf format) are available upon request by calling 718-595-4409.

Public Hearing & Informational Forums

A Public Hearing was held on December 5, 2005 to receive formal comments on the Draft EIS.  The following is the transcript of the hearing:

Transcript of Draft EIS Public Comment Hearing (PDF)

In addition, two informational forums were held on November 17 and 21, 2005 to informally discuss the project with the public. The subject matter of the two forums was identical and focussed on the Draft EIS methodologies and analyses with special emphasis on the traffic, air quality and noise analyses.  The following presentation was given at the informational forums:

Part 1 - Introduction and Agenda (PDF)
Part 2 - Traffic (PDF)
Part 3 - Noise (PDF)

Project Description

DEP is proposing to construct a water supply shaft, Shaft 33B and associated water mains, on the upper east side of Manhattan. Shaft 33B would be the last shaft to be sited for the City Tunnel No. 3 project that is currently under construction. As a water supply shaft, Shaft 33B would connect City Tunnel No. 3 to the water distribution system that serves East Midtown and the Upper East Side. A new water supply shaft for City Tunnel No. 3 is critical for these two areas, to address water distribution needs, provide adequate supply to meet the neighborhoods’ heavy demand, maintain sufficient pressure and to provide redundancy to the existing water supply system. City Tunnel No. 3 is being constructed in part to facilitate inspection and repair of City Tunnel No. 1, which was activated in 1917 and has been in continuous operation for almost 90 years. Before the inspection of City Tunnel No. 1 can begin, City Tunnel No. 3 must be activated.

The preferred site for Shaft 33B is on E. 59th Street and First Avenue, adjacent to the Queensboro Bridge. Three feasible alternative sites for the shaft are evaluated in the Final EIS including: the E. 59th Street/Second Avenue Shaft Site; the E. 61st Street between First and Second Avenue Shaft Site and the E. 54th Street/Second Avenue Shaft Site. Three different potential water main connection routes are also assessed in the Final EIS, these include: the First Avenue route (the reasonable worst-case route); (2) the Sutton Place route (an additional representative route); and (3) the E. 59th Street/E. 61st Street route (an additional representative route).

The Final EIS includes a new chapter, Chapter 15 “Comments and Responses” that considers and responds to comment received during the Draft EIS public comment period (November 7, 2005 thru December 22, 2005) and oral comments received at the December 5, 2005, Draft EIS Public Hearing. After a thorough consideration of environmental consequences discussed in the EIS including those associated with construction of the water mains, and consideration of the public comments received on the EIS, on balance, the site at E. 59th Street and First Avenue remains the preferred site for Shaft 33B.

Statement of Findings for the Siting of Shaft 33B (PDF)

Notice of Completion (PDF)

Foreword (PDF)

Table of Contents (PDF)

  1. Executive Summary (PDF)
  2. Purpose and Need and Project Overview (PDF)
  3. Impact Methodologies
    1. Introduction (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
  4. Preferred Shaft Site
    1. Project Description (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
    16. Mitigation Measures (PDF)
    17. Unavoidable Adverse Impacts (PDF)
  5. Water Main Connections
    1. Project Description (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
    16. Mitigation Measures (PDF)
  6. E. 59th Street/Second Avenue Shaft Site
    1. Project Description (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
    16. Mitigation Measures (PDF)
    17. Unavoidable Adverse Impacts (PDF)
  7. E. 61st Street Shaft Site
    1. Project Description (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
    16. Mitigation Measures (PDF)
    17. Unavoidable Adverse Impacts (PDF)
  8. E. 54th Street/Second Avenue Shaft Site
    1. Project Description (PDF)
    2. Land Use and Community Facilities, Zoning, and Public Policy (PDF)
    3. Open Space (PDF)
    4. Socioeconomic Conditions (PDF)
    5. Historic Resources (PDF)
    6. Urban Design and Visual Resources (PDF)
    7. Neighborhood Character (PDF)
    8. Infrastructure and Energy (PDF)
    9. Traffic and Parking (PDF)
    10. Transit and Pedestrians (PDF)
    11. Air Quality (PDF)
    12. Noise (PDF)
    13. Vibration (PDF)
    14. Hazardous Materials (PDF)
    15. Public Health (PDF)
    16. Mitigation Measures (PDF)
    17. Unavoidable Adverse Impacts (PDF)
  9. Water Main Only Alternative (PDF)
  10. No Action Alternative (PDF)
  11. Comparison of Alternatives (PDF)
  12. Growth-Inducing Impacts (PDF)
  13. Irretrievable and Irreversible Commitment to R esources (PDF)
  14. Environmental Impact Screening Analyses (PDF)
  15. Comments and Responses (PDF)

Acronyms and Glossary (PDF)

Appendices Table of Contents (PDF)

Appendix 1: Site Screening (PDF)

Appendix 2:

Appendix 5: Historic ResourcesPhase IA Historic Resources Assessment (PDF)

Appendix 6: Visual Resources (PDF)

Appendix 9: Traffic and Parking

Appendix 10: Transit and Pedestrians

Appendix 11: Air Quality

Appendix 12: Noise

Appendix 14: Hazardous Materials

Environmental Assessment Statement (PDF)

Notice of Intent (PDF)

Final Scope of Work (PDF)

Shaft 33B Final Environmental Impact Statement Repositories
Manhattan Community Board 6
866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 308
New York, NY 10017
Manhattan Community Board 8
505 Park Avenue at Easl 59th Street, Suite 620
New York, NY 10022
New York Public Library
E. 58th Street Branch Library
127 E. 58th Street at Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10022
New York Public Library
Terence Cardinal Cooke – Cathedral Branch
560 Lexington Avenue at E. 50th Street
New York, NY 10022
New York Public Library
Donnell Library Center
20 W. 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
New York Public Library
Mid-Manhattan Branch
455 Fifth Avenue at 40th Street
New York, NY 10016
Manhattan Borough President's Office
Municipal Building
One Centre Street, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10007
New York City Department of Environmental Protection
59-17 Junction Boulevard, 11th Floor
Flushing, New York 11 373

Reservoir Levels

Current: 76.2%

Normal: 71.8%