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Scaffold law, inefficiencies to blame for higher New York construction costs

January 16, 2019

Infrastructure construction projects in New York City are particularly notorious for how much they cost versus comparable projects in other metros around the world. The cost for the East Side Access tunnel, for example, which will connect the Long Island Rail Road to Grand Central Station, is estimated to cost $3.5 billion per mile, which is six or seven times that of similar projects in other countries.

Critics of the scaffolding law said it had increased insurance costs for the East Side Access project from $93 million to $584 million.

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