The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that, beginning July 31, the Coney Island-bound platforms at seven N stations in Brooklyn will close to service until late 2018. This is the final phase of a $395.7 million renovation project to modernize the century-old stations and upgrade track infrastructure along the corridor.
The stations affected include Fort Hamilton Pkwy, New Utrecht Av, 18 Av, 20 Av, Kings Hwy, Avenue U and 86 St. The 8 Av and Bay Pkwy stations, which are part of the 9-station renovation project, will continue to provide southbound service via temporary platforms on the middle track.
Renovations at the nine stations, which serve a total of nearly 53,000 weekday customers, will include new accessibility compliant platforms, brighter lighting, new stairs and new paint. Some platforms will have new canopies with architectural finishes, new windscreens or new glass fiber-reinforced concrete wall panels. When the project is complete, every station will feature new artwork and two stations will be fully ADA accessible. The 8 Av station will add two ADA-compliant ramps, and four elevators will be installed at the New Utrecht Av station.
“The Sea Beach corridor opened over 100 years ago and needs to be brought into a state of good repair while adding new amenities and technology to improve our customers’ experience,” said Ronnie Hakim, MTA interim executive director. “When the work is finished at all nine stations and the tracks that connect them, our customers will see brighter, cleaner and safer stations and experience a smoother, more reliable ride, while our mobility impaired customers will be able to access that part of the Sea Beach line by using new ramps and new elevators.”
Under the renovation project, the stations will see improved platforms and overpasses, new stairways and handrails, repairs to canopies and columns, painting and the rehabilitation of historic head house station entrances and fare control areas, enhanced safety features, and upgraded communication systems. Work will also take place between stations with repairs to retaining walls along the right of way.
The project is expected to be completed in late 2018. MTA personnel will be on site at every affected station during mornings and evenings to answer questions and provide assistance.