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MTA almost ready to start A train work

Plans include elevator at Lefferts Blvd.

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 1:47 am, Thu Feb 13, 2014.

The long-planned renovation work on the A subway line over Liberty Avenue will kick off soon, after a number of delays.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said design work for the project, which includes an overhaul of five stations and a new elevator at the Lefferts Boulevard stop, is completed and bids will go out soon.

The project was first announced at CB 10 in March 2012. The plans include renovations at all six elevated stations along the line between Lefferts Boulevard and the Brooklyn border, including major overhauls of the 80th, 88th, 104th and 111th streets stops. Some work will also be done at Rockaway Boulevard and Lefferts Boulevard — the line’s terminus — where the new elevator will be built and a new roof will be installed.

Station work will include reconstruction of the platforms and windscreens and new stairs. The tracks were overhauled in 1999 and the trestle was painted in the mid-2000s.

The Lefferts elevator will be located on the north side of Liberty Avenue, where the sidewalk is wide. It will stop at the street, the mezzanine and the platform levels.

A new third staircase will also be built at Lefferts Boulevard that will allow commuters direct access between the platform and Liberty Avenue, bypassing the mezzanine level.

The work on the stations, which opened in 1915, was due to go to bid last June, while the elevator project at Lefferts Boulevard was scheduled to go to bid last September. But design issues delayed that project.

The construction was already delayed from its original timeline, which scheduled it to go to bid in December 2012.

Design issues, mainly with the elevator project, including concerns from business owners along Liberty Avenue and work with the Department of Transportation, was blamed for those delays.

The MTA has not released a cost estimate for the project, which will take about two years to complete.

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