2018-04-18 / Front Page

MTA Reveals Plans For Astoria Blvd. Station Overhaul

By Liz Goff
Officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) said last week that the Astoria Boulevard subway station would not be shuttered for a planned overhaul until work on the 39th Avenue (BeBe Avenue) station in Dutch Kills and the 30th (Grand Avenue) stations has been completed.

The two stations are expected to close in July, after work currently in progress at the 36th Avenue (Washington Avenue) and Broadway/Astoria stations has been completed. Current overhauls on the 39th and 30th Avenue stations are expected to take at least seven months to complete.

As reported in the April 11th edition of the Queens Gazette, MTA officials have confirmed that crews will remain at the 36th Avenue station until unanticipated structural repairs are completed.

Agency officials said the Astoria Boulevard overhaul would include installation of four elevators at the heavily utilized station, two elevators from the street to the mezzanine and two from the mezzanine to the platform. The installation calls for major renovations at the station, including a complete overhaul of the station mezzanine, an MTA spokesperson said. Workers will install a new mezzanine and reinforce the foundation and street level stanchions at the elevated line to support additional weight of the elevators, the spokesperson said.

The mezzanine will be raised and the roadway will be lowered to provide clearance for FDNY and other “tall” vehicles that utilize the 31st Street corridor, MTA officials said. The platform stairs and roof will also be replaced as part of the overhaul.

MYA officials faced heat from local elected officials, community leaders and advocates for the disabled when the agency revealed initial plans for the upgrade that did not include installation of the elevators at the 36th and 30th Avenue stations. Activists argue that elevators should also be included in plans for the upcoming overhaul of the 39th Avenue and Broadway/Astoria stations.

The agency responded by pointing out the additional work, inconvenience and increased cost of installing elevators at each station along the elevated N/W line.

The Astoria Boulevard overhaul is expected to be completed in mid-2020.

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