2009-09-04 / Front Page

Freeway Repairs Mean Subway Detours

Select Stations Closed Through 2010
By Nicholas Briano

In the upcoming months, the New York City Transit Authority (NYCTA) will begin the first phases of construction along the Rockaway Freeway section of the "A" train. As a result, travelers should expect several station closures and detours, MTA officials said this week.

The rehabilitation of stations along the Rockaway portion of the "A" line are set to begin this month, closing select stations through 2010. The rehabilitation of stations along the Rockaway portion of the "A" line are set to begin this month, closing select stations through 2010. These station closures will remain in effect until at least early 2010. In order for the necessary overhauls to commence, the subway tracks at several stations will be shut down in one direction.

Customers will be able to access these closed stations by traveling ahead one stop, switching directions, and then traveling back one stop, as noted by MTA spokesperson Deirdre Parker.

In an effort to better accommodate MTA customers during weekend closures of the Far Rockaway, Mott Avenue or Beach 116 Street train stations, shuttle buses will be provided. These buses will travel the typical route of the "A" train and will be especially helpful when several consecutive train stations are closed due to track work.

In late 2010 structural repairs under the Rockaway Freeway are set to begin, after many of the stations have been repaired. In late 2010 structural repairs under the Rockaway Freeway are set to begin, after many of the stations have been repaired. MTA customers can expect the following station closures: The Far Rockaway bound Beach 67, Beach 44 and Beach 25 Street train stations will be closed from Tuesday, September 8 until mid-January 2010. The Manhattan bound Beach 105 and Beach 90 Street train stations will be closed from Monday, September 14 until December 21, 2009.

MTA customers can expect similar station closures throughout the winter months of 2010.

The crumbling concrete structures which support the elevated train stations throughout the Rockaways, are a concern to many Rockaway residents and motorists. Parker notes that the foundation, which is visible at street level, will be repaired during the design phase of the new and improved "A" train stations in the Rockaways.

The Mott Avenue station will install an elevator with Braille directional signs in order to make the station better accessible for MTA customers. These accommodations will bring the Mott Avenue train station into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In addition to the necessary track repairs, many of the stations will go through massive overhaul phases. These improvements include replacing corroded stairways, repairing track drainage systems, installing new lighting systems and replacing platform canopies at several stations.

These improvements seem long overdue, especially for the Beach 90, 98 and 105 Street train stations, which are more than 50 years old.

The elevated train platforms from Rockaway Park to Wavecrest have operated since June 28, 1956. In 1958, the subway line was extended to include the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway.

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