Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that seven New York City subway stations will partially close until ‘late 2018’ as part of a $395.7 million modernisation of the BMT Sea Beach line.
In total nine century-old stations will be upgraded from July 31, with structural repairs, repainting and restoration to take place and enhanced safety features, upgraded communication systems, new staircases, improved platforms and overpasses to be installed.
The project covers the following stations: 86th Street, Avenue U, Kings Highway, Bay Parkway, 20th Avenue, 18th Avenue, New Utrecht Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway and 8th Avenue, with the Coney Island-bound platforms to close at all but the 8th Avenue and Bay Parkway stations until late 2018.
During the renovations, southbound N train services will run from 8th Avenue to Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue at all hours, making stops at 8th Avenue, Bay Parkway and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue.
Renovation work has been funded through the 2010-14 MTA Capital Program.
Engineering firm John P. Picone will renovate six stations between 8th Avenue and Bay Parkway and Skanksa USA is responsible for the rehabilitation of Kings Highway, Avenue U and 86th Street.
MTA said that the nine stations service a total of around 53,000 passengers a week and encouraged them to use stations on the D and F lines during the renovation work.
MTA interim executive director Ronnie Hakim said: “The Sea Beach corridor opened over 100 years ago and needs to be brought into a state of good repair while adding new amenities and technology to improve our customers’ experience.
“When the work is finished at all nine stations and the tracks that connect them, our customers will see brighter, cleaner and safer stations and experience a smoother, more reliable ride, while our mobility impaired customers will be able to access that part of the Sea Beach line by using new ramps and new elevators.”
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