- Mr. Lhota, tear down that mezzanine!
The Central Avenue and Knickerbocker Avenue stations on the M line in Bushwick will be closed starting in the spring of 2012 for a complete overhaul, Bushwick Daily reports
. (They reported this a while ago, but are we the only ones who didn't hear anything about it?) Work will begin first on Knickerbocker Avenue and will last three to five months; once it's completed, work on Central Avenue will commence. The entire mezzanines will be demolished. "New street stairs, platform stairs and wind screens will be installed, as will one additional turnstile," reports
Times Newsweekly, which broke the story.
“I think you already know the reasons” why the stations are being revamped, said [the project's architect], speaking to their “really miserable condition.“ According to [him], the agency ranks the stations as among the system’s most decrepit.
Currently, rain seeps through the stations’ mezzanine roofs, guard rails have rusted, and wooden steps and doors have rotted away at both locations.
During construction, B54 bus service will be increased at night to align with the former frequency of M trains. (Three per hour.) More at Times Newsweekly.