The 88th Street-Boyd Avenue and 104th Street-Oxford Avenue subway stations along the A line will be closed to eastbound service until mid-August for reconstruction work, the MTA said last week.
The two stations along the Liberty Avenue elevated subway line are being overhauled with new lighting, better platforms, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communications, which the agency says will create significantly better conditions for customers.
The stations closed Monday and will remain shut to trains heading for Lefferts Boulevard or Far Rockaway through Aug. 18. Manhattan-bound service at both stations will be unaffected.
Following the completion of this phase of the project, the MTA says work will move over to the Manhattan-bound platforms at these two stations, tentatively scheduled to begin in September 2014.
The $39 million project, which was first proposed in early 2012, calls for improvements at the five stations on the Liberty Avenue elevated line: 80 Street-Hudson Street, 88 Street-Boyd Avenue, Rockaway Boulevard, 104 Street-Oxford Avenue and 111 Street-Greenwood Avenue.
There will also be new lighting in the mezzanines, and new artwork at the stations.
The MTA also plans on installing an elevator at the Lefferts Boulevard station.
The construction contracts were awarded in December 2013 — more than a year and a half after the MTA first planned to award the project — to Forte Construction Corp. and Emis Construction Group as a joint venture.
The elevated line over Liberty Avenue was opened in 1915 and was connected to the long-demolished Fulton Avenue line in Brooklyn. The tracks were overhauled in 1999 and the trestle was painted in the mid-2000s.
The staircases connecting the street to the mezzanine levels at the stations were replaced several years ago.