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MTA tweaks plan for Lefferts elevator

Lift will be installed in two sections, other stations also to be overhauled

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:17 am, Thu Sep 19, 2013.

The MTA’s project to install an elevator at the Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard A train station has been delayed due to design issues, but it is expected to get off the ground early next year.

The plan, which includes a complete overhaul of the station’s staircases and platforms, will also see an elevator installed at the station on the north side near Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard. It has been delayed for months due to design changes with the elevator shaft, according to Joe Raskin, the MTA’s assistant director of government and community relations

“We’ve had to do some changes in the design,” Raskin said at Monday’s Community Board 10 meeting in South Ozone Park. “The changes do not affect whether or not we do the work.”

The biggest change in the design is that the station will no longer have one elevator serving the street, mezzanine and platform levels. In the new design, there will be one elevator that will connect the street to the mezzanine in front of the fare collection system and then another that will connect the mezzanine to the platform level after a fare is collected.

The elevator construction will require the parking lane of westbound Liberty Avenue to be removed for about a third of the block between Lefferts Boulevard and 118th Street to allow for a wider sidewalk. The Q112 bus stop will be moved 33 feet west to allow for the sidewalk to be expanded. The elevator shaft will sit roughly in the middle of the sidewalk with about 9 feet of clearance on either side to allow pedestrians to walk around the elevators. The entrance to the lift will face Lefferts Boulevard. The elevator will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as every elevator in the system does.

The Lefferts Boulevard station — the terminus for the Liberty Avenue elevated line — will also get new stairs, new platforms and a new roof. The width of the platform between the tracks and the elevator will be widened to be handicapped accessible.

Raskin said the work is now scheduled to begin in January. The MTA does not yet have a cost for the project until it goes out to bid, which will be in the next few months, and Raskin said in May it would take up to two years to complete.

The elevator will be the third to be placed at a station in CB 10, along with ones at Howard Beach-JFK Airport and the newly reopened station at Aqueduct Racetrack, which serves Resorts World Casino New York City.

Work is also expected to be contracted out this month for the reconstruction of the five other stations along Liberty Avenue: 80th Street, 88th Street, Rockaway Boulevard, 104th Street and 111th Street. The stations are expected to get their platforms and mezzanine levels overhauled as well as new staircases in some of the stations. New stairs were installed at Rockaway Boulevard several years ago.

The tracks above Liberty Avenue were overhauled in 1999 and the trestle was painted in the mid-2000s.

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