Drivers wait in traffic on Second Avenue as pedestrians cross in Midtown Manhattan during the morning rush hour April 1, 2008
Residents living in six Second Avenue buildings are being forced by the MTA and the city to temporarily move out of their apartments because the apartments are deemed unsafe to live while the subway track is under construction.
A total of 28 apartments between E.93rd and E.97th streets, including one whole building, 1873 Second Avenue with 12 apartments will have to evacuate for one to two months, reported the Daily News.
"I'm worried I'll be forced to move far away," Shannon Anderson, 29 told the News. "I'm ... wondering how bad it's going to be."
The MTA will pay between $6 million to $8 million to fix up the buildings and cover hotel rooms and rent for the soon to be displaced residents.
Officials said the buildings' old age and frailty are subject to loud construction blasts and may result in a collapse.
"These are buildings that were built at a time when controls from the Building Department were almost non-existent," MTA Capital Construction president Michael Horodniceanu told the News.
With news of evacuating residents, the total Second Avenue Subway Line renovation is projected to be completed by 2016 and cost $4.8 billion stretching across eight and half miles.
The MTA is also looking at repairing 12 other Second Avenue buildings, where those residents will not need to relocate, reported the News.