Queens and Brooklyn residents will now have full service after the completed construction of both the 100-year-old Myrtle Viaduct on the M line and the reopening of the Fresh Pond Bridge last September.
According to the MTA, the restructuring of the century-old elevated lines was needed for the long-term safety of passengers. The elevated platforms were deteriorating after being exposed, and in operation, for 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
More than 60,000 straphangers ride the seven-station segment of the M train every weekday.
“Completing this project on time and on budget was critical to show how serious we are about minimizing impacts on our customers as we perform this important work,” said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota.
The $163 million construction project was performed in two phases to reduce disruption. Phase One, starting last July, focused on the Fresh Pond Bridge during months when school was not in session. The bridge was demolished, and a completely new structure now stands in its place.
The second phase of the project included the development of a new 310-foot concrete structure on the Myrtle Viaduct between Myrtle Avenue and Central Avenue stations.
Along with completely new elevated structures, the second phase of reconstruction included the addition of low-vibration tracks to reduce noise, replacement of all signal equipment and cables, 700 feet of new third rail for reliable power and stronger, newly-engineered track ties over 400 feet of track.
The improvements were completed before the expected April 2019 shutdown of the L train between Brooklyn and Manhattan.
“It is imperative that M train service operates as efficiently as possible for all customers who rely on it,” said NYC Transit President Andy Byford. “We’re on our way to building the world-class transit system we’ve pledged to deliver.”