Major progress in MTA subway station enhancementsStaff Writer | November 17, 2016
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced two major milestones in the initiative to create new and improved subway stations throughout the New York metropolitan area.
Empire State The MTA will award a contract this month
Contract Award for First Three Station Enhancements: This month the MTA will award a contract for the first three stations in the initiative: Prospect Avenue, 53rd Street Station and Bay Ridge Avenue, which are on the R line in Brooklyn.
Design and pre-construction surveys of existing conditions will be conducted to support the modernization of the three stations.
These are the first of the stations that will be renovated using a single-contractor, design-build method to cut time and save money.
The MTA board approved the $72.1 million contract at the Authority’s November meeting, awarding the work to Citnalta-Forte Joint Venture.
At the start of the projects, minor construction activities will be performed while the stations remain operational.
However, in order to fast track the renovations, the stations will be temporarily closed, enabling the contractor to get in, get the work done, and get out in the shortest possible time frame. Contractors are incentivized to keep closures as short as possible.
All major construction will be completed during the closures, with targeted closures of approximately 6 months at the Bay Ridge Avenue and 53rd Street stations, and Prospect Avenue station.
Work at all three stations is slated for completion within 12 months of the date of award. ■