2010-01-29 / Top Stories

Asbestos Removal Begins At Mott Ave. Subway Station

New Platform Closures Due In February
By Miriam Rosenberg

During the asbestos abatement workers will cut a hole in the roof to create a second platform. During the asbestos abatement workers will cut a hole in the roof to create a second platform. As work on the Rockaway A line continues, the next phase of the restoration has begun – the rehabilitation of the Mott Avenue subway station in Far Rockaway.

On January 21 asbestos abatement began in four areas of the station – the control house, the control house facility rooms, the main stairs and landing.

The majority of this work will be taking place inside a barricaded area.

“It’s going to be abating the mezzanine area. Everything that’s inside the barricaded area,” said Bill Matheson, the deputy line manager for the A line. “It’s going to be fully contained. There’s going to be no danger to the public at all.”

Matheson further explained that workers will be “cutting a hole in the roof creating a partial second platform. The elevator now goes to the roof. [It] needs to come up to the platform.”

A barricade in front of the elevator area of the Mott Avenue station protects passengers from the asbestos abatement taking place. A barricade in front of the elevator area of the Mott Avenue station protects passengers from the asbestos abatement taking place. Matheson said that air monitoring will take place “just as a precaution.”

The asbestos removal is scheduled to last three weeks, ending on February 12. Other work scheduled to be done at the Mott Avenue station includes the refurbishing of the station booth and turnstile areas, the mezzanine, the platform, stairways and canopy.

Two elevators will also be installed to make the station compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the lighting and communications systems will be upgraded.

The approximate cost is $12.99 million. It has a scheduled completion date of October 2011.

The work continues on the Rockaway A line rehabilitation on the Manhattan bound platforms for Beach 90 and Beach 105 Streets; and on the Far Rockaway-bound platforms for Beach 25, Beach 44 and Beach 67 Streets which began in September and was due to be completed on December 21. The completion date was then extended to January 18.

The completion date for the Rockaway Beach (Beach 90 Street), Rockaway Park (Beach 105 Street) and Beach 25 Street stations was extended to January 25, but work continued as of Tuesday of this week.

According to an MTA press release, the changes in schedule have been due to inclement weather and limited track access.

The agency has also released the new dates for the next step in the rehabilitation process.

On Monday, February 1, the Manhattan bound A platforms at Beach 25, Beach 44 and Beach 67 will close. The following week, on February 15, the Manhattan-bound platforms at Beach 90 and Beach 105 Streets will also close for rehabilitation.

Passengers who want to use the affected stations must travel one stop ahead, switch directions and then travel back one stop.

For up-to-date information riders can call NYC Transit’s Travel Information Center at 718-330-1234 or log on to www.mta.info.

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