Long-Overdue Escalator Replacements at Bowery and East Broadway Subway Stations Should Be Ready by End of Month

Posted on: January 14th, 2014 at 6:00 am by

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Replacement escalator at Bowery station, Photo: RobbieTheK

In August 2012, a significant portion of the subway platform inside the Bowery station was boxed up for an escalator upgrade. The aging equipment would be demolished and replaced with something more contemporary. But the Bowery wasn’t alone; two other downtown stations were also included in the contract – Whitehall and East Broadway.

Oliveira Contracting was tasked with the tri-station rehabilitation, at an estimated cost of $14.5 million. The scheduled completion date was June 2013. Seven months ago. Way to go.

Boogie reader RobbieTheK sends in the above photo showing that the Bowery escalator is nearly complete. The new illuminated sign board reads, “hold the handrail and face forward.”

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Bowery subway stop rehab, Dec. 2012

Here are the updated completion dates for the two Lower East Side stations:

Bowery – January 20
East Broadway – January 31 (delayed due to Sandy-related damage)




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