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Liberty Avenue ‘el’ renovations delayed

MTA expected to give update to CB 10

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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:48 am, Thu May 9, 2013.

A little more than a year ago, the MTA outlined its extensive and ambitious reconstruction of the nearly-century-old elevated line over Liberty Avenue.

The plan included renovations of the 80th Street, 88th Street, 104th Street, 111th Street and Lefferts Boulevard stations along the A subway line over Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill. Some work will also be done at the Rockaway Boulevard station, though the MTA has already replaced the stairs there.

The project is to include replacing guard rails, working on the deteriorating concrete platform surfaces, painting the stairwell canopies, replacing stairs, and putting in new drainage and mezzanine floors.

At Lefferts Boulevard, the MTA said it would install an elevator from the street to the platform on the north side of Liberty Avenue where there is a wider sidewalk. The elevator would stop at the street, at the mezzanine level of the station and at the platform.

But the timeline for the project given to Community Board 10 in early 2012 said it would begin in December, and five months later, the work has yet to start.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the elevator project at the Lefferts Boulevard station is still in design, but did not go into more detail as to why the process has been delayed. When the agency presented the plan to the community board last year, it estimated the entire project would take up to two years to complete.

The contracts on the work at the stations are currently in the bid process, Ortiz added. The MTA is also operating a work trailer on Liberty Avenue at 98th Street near the Rockaway Boulevard station.

He said that the MTA will give an update on the project to CB 10 at its May meeting, set for Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 135-45 Lefferts Blvd., in South Ozone Park.

The elevated line above Liberty Avenue between Lefferts Boulevard and the Brooklyn border opened in 1915.

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