As I have stated many times before, when I update the “Service Diversions” page, I include information for planned changes beyond just the weekend. So with that in mind, I would like to take a quick moment & bring notice to a big diversion involving some stations in the Bronx along the . The diversion calls for the closure of the Morrison Av-Soundview and Whitlock Av for 7 months due to a multi-million dollar construction project.
With such a huge project & closure involved, it came as no surprise when MTA NYC Transit sent out a press release with more information:
MTA NYC Transit announces the next phase of a major $89 million construction project to reconstruct and rehabilitate five stations on the Pelham 6 line. They are Whitlock Avenue, Elder Avenue, Morrison Avenue-Soundview, St. Lawrence Avenue and Parkchester.
The first two stations to close for rehab are Whitlock Avenue and Morrison Avenue-Soundview. The stations will close beginning 5 a.m. Monday, February 8 and will remain closed until Monday, September 13, 2010. The rehab work at all five stations will include the complete replacement of the mezzanines, canopy roofs, track beds, platform edge safety tiles, and public address systems. The stations will also undergo an electrical upgrade and the installation of fluorescent lighting.
In order to accomplish this work within a safe environment, each station, with the exception of Parkchester, will be closed for seven months. At Parkchester, the northbound and southbound platforms will be closed separately for three months each.
Customers who usually use the Whitlock Avenue and Morrison Avenue-Soundview stations may take the Bx4, which operates along Westchester Avenue, to the Elder Avenue 6 station or the Simpson Street 25 station. The bus ride is free from these four stops on Westchester Avenue: Simpson Street 25, Whitlock Avenue 6, Elder Avenue 6, and Morison Avenue-Soundview 6. Please note that between 12:01 a.m. and 5 a.m., the Bx4 operates every 20 minutes and only at these four stops.
Station posters and “Take-One” brochures are available at Pelham 6 line stations. Customers may call our Travel Information Center at 718-330-1234 from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, or log onto www.mta.info for more information.
xoxo Transit Blogger