The Culver Viaduct project which has impacted Brooklyn service on the & over the past few months will begin a new phase in a few hours. In a couple of weeks, both sides of the Smith-9th Sts station will be closed.
Although the work has caused some strain to commuters & residents in the area, it is good to know that as of now the MTA is on schedule with the project even with losing 2 weeks in the winter due to the weather. This news was announced on Thursday at the Community Board 6 meeting at the Prospect Park YMCA. Gwen Ruelle of the Carroll Gardens Patch has more:
The MTA’s big construction plans for the F and G lines are moving along – and actually on time, too.
At a Community Board 6 meeting at the Prospect Park YMCA on Thursday evening, representatives from the agency touted that the Culver Viaduct Project will enter the next phase of construction on May 23. The entire project, they said, is slated for completion in early 2013.
“Even with the horrible weather, we only lost two weeks this winter,” Andrew Inglesby, Assistant Director of Community Relations for the MTA, boasted.
The $275.5 million engineering and construction project will rehabilitate the elevated steel and concrete Culver Viaduct structure, which both the F and G train lines run along. The MTA has said it will also work to rehabilitate signals and switches, as well as the platforms, canopies and historic archway at the 4th Avenue-9th Street station.
Starting in mid-June, service to and from Smith-9th Streets will be suspended entirely until March of 2012 for a total station rehabilitation.
MTA representatives, and Allyson Bechtel, Senior Transportation Planner, explained that transportation would be supplemented by the B61, which will provide more frequent travel late nights during the nine month period. Daytime frequency will remain the same.
“People assume its a high volume station, the truth is its in the lower third in terms of ridership,” said Inglesby. Both officials were confident that the B61 will be enough to provide commuters with their needs, although Inglesby noted that the MTA would be willing to look at alternatives “if travel patterns are exacerbated.”
Inglesby also noted that the progress at the 4th Avenue-9th Street “is rapidly progressing.”
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This is fantastic news for an agency with a history for falling behind on projects. Hopefully they can keep up the great pace & reward these riders & residents with a much better & safer complex for decades to come. Only if all of their projects could be like this one.
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