MTA Updates F.R. Line Renovations
An email from the MTA’s Joe Raskin, the assistant director for government and relations, outlined the latest news on the project.
“We have been upgrading plat- forms, mezzanines, walkways and stairways, repairing structural steel and concrete, installing new windscreens, upgrading lighting and communication systems and will be installing artwork,” said Raskin. “New platform canopies are being installed at the Beach 90 Street - Holland, Beach 98 Street - Playland and Beach 105 Street - Seaside Stations. Two elevators are being installed at the Far Rockaway-Mott Avenue Station making it ADA compliant.”
The next phases of the repairs include opening of closed platforms, new platform closures and the beginning of a comprehensive structural rehabilitation of the elevated structure.
The Rockaway Park-bound platforms at Beach 105 and Beach 90 Streets are scheduled to reopen on December 22.
On January 17 the Manhattanbound platforms at Beach 25, Beach 44, and Beach 67 Streets are due to reopen.
On January 24, the Manhattanbound platforms at Beach 36, and Beach 60 Streets will close for 18 weeks.
During this time, passengers going to Manhattan must get on a Far Rockaway-bound train and get off at either Beach 25 Street or Beach 44 Street to transfer to a Manhattan train.
Free shuttle buses will continue to be available for passengers.
What Raskin calls “service diversions” will take place on nine weekends between now and the middle of May. The first will take place this month.
On the weekend of December 18, Far Rockaway A trains will run to Beach 116 Street from 11 p.m. Friday to 4:45 a.m. on Monday.
Free shuttle buses will be provided by the MTA. The next such service disruption will not take place until February.
According to the email, the work on the elevated structure includes “the removal of loose concrete, repair of spalled concrete, repair of concrete piers at seven locations and removal and replacement of existing drains.”
The MTA will also be painting several other trestles on the mainland, including in Howard Beach.
The duration of the construction is expected to be 36 months.
Raskin also said that “structural repair of the two bridges that Rockaway line trains use to cross Jamaica Bay is being done under a separate project.”
The MTA expects substantial completion of these repairs by May 2011.
For public safety the MTA anticipates there will be some need to close parts of Rockaway Freeway and its cross streets during the structural repairs and has promised to notify the public beforehand.
Work on the Rockaway Park line will finish next summer.