Dec. 13, 2018 By Laura Hanrahan
The MTA will suspend M train service between Middle Village and Bushwick for two weekends beginning this Friday evening.
Between 9:45 p.m. on Dec. 14 and 5 a.m. on Dec. 17, there will be no service in both directions from Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue to Myrtle Avenue-Broadway as track work is performed.
The following weekend, Dec. 21-24, will see service suspended during the same time frame.
MTA will provide shuttle buses making stops near Fresh Pond Road, Forest Avenue, Seneca Avenue, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, Knickerbocker Avenue and Central Avenue during the closure.
The planned work was discussed during Wednesday night’s Community Board 5 meeting, where officials stated that improvements will be made to the track and signal system and are part of prep work for the L train shutdown.
The track work during the two weekends will also affect parking.
Parking will be restricted on 65th Place north of 68th Ave, adjacent to Mafera Park, as the dead end of the street will be used as a staging area for a crane, according to Council Member Robert Holden.
Trees, additionally will need to be removed here to make way for the crane, Holden said, and MTA is in discussions with the Parks Department to restore the trees once the work is complete.
MTA crews will begin preparatory work as early as 6 a.m. on both Fridays to allow for the placement of the crane and work materials, according to the Queens Courier.