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Re: Smith 9th St station closing for a year & more Culver Viaduct news.

Posted by italianstallion on Sat Oct 27 16:32:34 2007, in response to Smith 9th St station closing for a year & more Culver Viaduct news., posted by Chipper10 on Sat Oct 27 08:36:29 2007.

Here's the full story:

LOWER MANHATTAN. F train riders in Brooklyn, get ready for more bad news.
The Smith-9th Street station — the local stop for thousands of Red Hook and Gowanus residents — will be closed for up to 12 months while repair work is made on the crumbling Culver Viaduct, which stretches over the Gowanus Canal.
NYC Transit could give no specific dates for the closures because the contract has not yet been awarded. Rough estimates, based on a previously stated 2012 deadline for the end of the project, suggest that Smith-9th could be shuttered for most of 2010, after 15 months of work on switches and tracks.
The work will also force riders at the 4th Avenue station onto temporary platforms.
“The bottom line is quite simple: The infrastructure work and system upgrades that comprise this project are necessary for the continued and future safe operation of the current F and G service,” said NYC Transit spokesperson Paul Fleuranges.
According to NYC Transit’s Connie Crawford, the Red Hook community has been consulted.
“We’ve talked to the community about that — they’re well aware,” Crawford told an MTA committee on Monday. “This is major, major work at that station.”
But according to the local community board, the authority has not met with residents for two years.
“We’ve jumped a step somewhere. We might have been blazed over,” said Community Board 6 District Manager Craig Hammerman. He added that attempts to reach transit officials have had no success yet.
“It would be an outrageous inconvenience,” he said, while acknowledging the project’s goals were positive.
There is another silver lining: The G will be extended to Church Avenue throughout the project, and one express track will be rehabilitated — potentially opening the door to a permanent F express in years to come.


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