A look at the Bleecker St. renovationsBy
For decades, the subway stop at Broadway-Lafayette St./Bleecker St. has been the source of transfer-inspired madness. Due to the oddities of original construction, eventual station expansion and system integration, the complex — the only in-system transfer point in Manhattan between the IND Sixth Ave. line and the Lexington Ave. IRT line — has sported a unidirectional transfer. Passengers can go between the downtown IRT and the IND platforms without exiting but must utilize an out-of-system transfer and an above-ground walk to travel between the uptown IRT and IND platforms.
In 2005, before the days of Second Ave. Sagas, the MTA proposed fixing this annoyance. The plans — which I explored in 2007 — include extending the uptown IRT platform southward by 300 feet so that it will align properly with the downtown platform and IND transfer point. The mezzanine connecting the IRT with the IND will be extended east, and the entire station will be made ADA-compliant. In 2009, as the project got off the ground, I went in depth on the design of the renovated station. These renovations were a long time coming.
Today, as part of its glimpse at weekend work, New York City Transit, via its Twitter account, posted some photographic updates of the work in progress. According to Transit, the $94 million renovation project is 35 percent complete and is still scheduled for a late 2011 completion date.
As for the photos, the shot above shows Transit contractors working to extend the uptown 6 station southward. After the jump, photos and a video of the work in progress. All come courtesy of the MTA and New York City Transit.
Shown here is the steel frame for the uptown platform extension.
At street level, workers are installing the ventilation and roofing infrastructure.
This video from the MTA’s new YouTube account features an overview of the project from those working on it and some more scenes from the construction site.