NYCTA Rehabilitation Behind Schedule
The Manhattan-bound Beach 90 and Beach 105 Street stations have been closed since September and were the first stations to close under the rehabilitation project. They, however, were supposed to open this week, but due to unforeseen field conditions and incle - ment weather, the target date has been pushed back to January 18, 2010, according to MTA officials.
“The Manhattan-bound platforms at Beach 90th Street and Beach 105th Street Stations on the Rockaway Park line were closed for rehabilitation in September 2009 and were scheduled to re-open on December 21, 2009. However, the reopening has been pushed back to late January due to the need to resolve field conditions. Additionally, attempts to lessen the impact of the projected delays have been hampered by inclement weather. NYC Transit expects that work will move forward more smoothly during the upcoming phases of this project, since we believe that most of the issues were addressed in the initial phase. Substantial completion of this project is scheduled for February 2011,” Charles F. Seaton, MTA NYCTA spokes person, said in a statement.
Customers will have to continue to access the closed stations by traveling ahead one stop, switching directions, and then traveling back one stop, according to MTA officials.
The other stations that have been closed since September are the Far Rockaway bound Beach 67, Beach 44 and Beach 25 Street train stations. They have been scheduled to re-open in mid-January as well. But there is no word if the target date will be reached or if that part of the project will also be delayed.
Every Rockaway train station was closed the last two weekends due to unanticipated construction needed on the South Channel Bridge that connects Broad Channel with the Rockaways. There was no A train service into Broad Channel and Rockaway, forcing residents to board shuttle buses along the peninsula into Howard Beach.
Residents, however, are forced to remain patient as the MTA fixes what is now a more than 50-year-old subway line along the Rockaway Freeway. The elevated train platforms from Rockaway Park to Wavecrest have operated since 1956. In 1958, the subway line was extended to include the Mott Avenue station in Far Rockaway. The crumbling concrete support structure below the elevated A line will also be addressed, but in the last phase of the project, late next year.