2004-06-18 / Community

Addabbo To MTA: El And Freeway Unsafe, Need Repair

By Brian Magoolaghan

Addabbo To MTA: El And Freeway Unsafe, Need Repair


Rusted metal substructure is exposed on Beach 73 Street.Rusted metal substructure is exposed on Beach 73 Street.

By Brian Magoolaghan

City Councilman Joe Addabbo Jr. fired off a letter and photographs to the chairman of the MTA last week urging him to begin an immediate rehabilitation of the ‘A’ Train el.

Citing concern for the safety of motorists and pedestrians on the Rockaway Freeway and on the train itself, Addabbo said the "vital artery for the residents of the peninsula" needs immediate attention.

"The freeway is in an unsafe and deplorable condition," Addabbo wrote in the letter addressed to MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow. He pointed out that sections of concrete have fallen off of the aging structure.


An open panel containing electrical wires on Beach 108 Street.An open panel containing electrical wires on Beach 108 Street.

The MTA responded this week by scheduling the Track and Structures Unit to visit and investigate. Spokesperson Deidra Parker said inspectors will visit the areas in the photographs prepared by Addabbo’s office.

Rockaway residents are familiar with the el’s deteriorating condition. Missing and cracked cement, open electrical panels, exposed and rusting metal substructure, dangling light fixtures and rusted out staircases can be seen from along the entire route, from Mott Avenue to Beach 116 Street.


The base of a support pillar is seen rotting away on Beach 105 Street.The base of a support pillar is seen rotting away on Beach 105 Street.

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