The entrance to the Briarwood-Van Wyck F train subway station at Queens Boulevard and Main Street, long closed for construction, may open earlier than expected.
That entrance to the station has been closed since 2010 and its reconstruction is part of the ongoing Kew Gardens Interchange Project, a $147 million improvement to area roadways.
The entrance was originally scheduled to open for public use last fall, but was pushed back until March after the discovery of lead paint.
Now, instead of being delayed, Briarwood Action Network President Aida Vernon says the entrance will open one month ahead of schedule instead.
“I have been assured by our community liaison that it is on for February,” Vernon said. “The work is scheduled to be completed by the end of February.”
Project community liaison Henry Chiang, a transportation engineer for construction services firm Greenman-Pederson, also said that the subway entrance should open earlier than planned, but that there is no date set in stone just yet.
“The current projection is to finish by late February. There is no official date.” Chiang said. “If the weather is mild, it will be late February. If the weather is nasty, then it might be late March.”
Once the entrance is completed, construction of an elevator will begin. Vernon says such work will be done “later this year or possibly early next year.”
While Briarwood’s subway work may finish sooner than planned, elevator construction at the 71st Avenue station in Forest Hills has been delayed by at least two more months.
Signs attached to the walls surrounding the construction sites inside the station now say that the work won’t be completed until March 31.
The previous notices had touted a completion date of Jan. 31.