June 16, 2016 By Michael Florio
Riders will have to wait until next month for the closed staircase at the 82nd Street subway station to reopen.
The northeast steps at the 82nd Street- Jackson Heights subway station have been closed since March.
The MTA originally hoped to reopen the stairs in May, but riders won’t be able to reuse them until at least July, according to an MTA spokeswoman.
The entire staircase had to be rebuilt, according to the spokeswoman, and some unforeseen issues emerged.
“When we were working on the upper section, we discovered foundation defects in the lower section that need to be addressed,” she said.
DNAInfo was first to report on the delay.
This staircase work is part of a four-station upgrade on the 7 line.
The 103rd Street, 111th Street and Willets Point stations are also going to be revamped.
While each station will receive specific work, each job will include repairs or replacing stairs, canopies and lighting, as well as repairs to floors, ceilings, walls, columns and platforms. Windows will also be replaced.
The repairs to the four stations will cost about $60 million, the spokeswoman said.