In July, the Metropolitan Transit Authority began work on replacing the Fresh Pond Road bridge, which crosses over the New York and Atlantic Railway tracks and links the Fresh Pond Road and Metropolitan Avenue.
While work was being done, the M train, which services approximately 60,000 customers on an average weekday, was fully shut down between Myrtle-Broadway in Bushwick and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village.
The second phase of the project began on September 2 and will last approximately eight months. This phase will complete the restoration of the Myrtle viaduct, a century-old aged concrete deck that has suffered major deterioration over the years.
“Without rebuilding the Myrtle Viaduct and the Fresh Pond Bridge, we would not be able to continue to run M subway trains safely because the deteriorating condition of these structures are getting to a point beyond what our crews can fix during routine maintenance,” said MTA managing director Veronique Hakim.
The M train will be shut down between Myrtle-Wyckoff and Myrtle-Broadway during this reconstruction phase.
M service will be replaced by free shuttle bus and special M shuttle trains running every 10 minutes (or 20 minutes during overnight hours) between Metropolitan Avenue and Myrtle-Wyckoff to connect riders in Ridgewood and Middle Village to the L train.
M trains will continue to operate between Manhattan and Broadway Junction.
Work is expected to be completed in April 2018, several months before the lengthy closure of the Canarsie tunnel that will disrupt L train service, so the projects are not expected to overlap.