2004-07-23 / Front Page

MTA Shares Addabbo’s El, Freeway Concern

By Brian Magoolaghan

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.

The city knows that the el and the Rockaway Freeway are in bad shape and need fixing, according to a letter from the agency’s president to City Councilman Joseph Addabbo.

“The MTA New York City Transit shares your concern about the condition of the Rockaway line viaduct,” wrote Lawrence G. Reuter, Metropolitan Transportation Authority President, in a letter dated July 13. Reuter’s letter, a response to correspondence from Addabbo, was written at the request of MTA Chairman Peter S. Kalikow.

Reuter told Addabbo that the NYC Transit’s Department of Subways would take immediate action to maintain the el. “We are now removing any loose cement in the area of the structure,” Reuter wrote, adding that the two other divisions are in the process of determining the best course of action to remedy the el.

The Wave reported that Addabbo told the MTA and Kalikow that the el and freeway are dangerous and in need of repair in our last month. “The freeway is currently in an unsafe and deplorable condition,” Addabbo wrote.

Reuter said the MTA anticipates the inclusion of a structural rehabilitation program for the el in its proposed 2005-2009 budget – pending approval of the state legislature. In addition, he said it also plans to include the rehabilitation of the Beach 105, 98, 90, 67, 60, 44, 36 and 25 Street stations and the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue stations in the next proposed capital program. Construction is scheduled to begin on the on the Rockaway Park-Beach 116 Street Station by the end of the year.

Addabbo’s appeal for remediation was also forwarded to Department of Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall because her agency has overlapping jurisdiction.

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