There have been many ups and downs, as is the case when you’re building elevators, but the two brand-spanking-new ADA-compliant elevators at Murray Hill in Queens are nearing completion much to the delight of passengers and local businesses. Work continued through the summer and fall of 2019, and now the final touches are being added to these structures, one on the eastbound platform and one on the westbound platform.
Each elevator has a 3,000-lbs capacity and is large enough to accommodate a stretcher, should any passenger require EMT assistance on either platform. Low E glass has been installed on both elevators – the glass reduces the accumulation of heat inside the elevator to improve passenger comfort. Work continues on both elevators where conduits, wires, fire alarms, elevator components and safety equipment are being installed. Storefront windows are being installed on the outside of each elevator shaft, as are control panels for passenger use.
Currently at the westbound elevator a standing seam roof is being installed as well as a downspout system for rainwater drainage and aluminum soffits. At the eastbound platform elevator aluminum soffits, standing seam roof and downspouts have already been installed.
Both elevators are expected to be operational and available to passengers this quarter. Later this spring the plaza areas at Murray Hill Station will be restored with new brick pavers and concrete walkways. Also, plaza benches, tables, seats and lampposts will be re-installed and new trees will be planted. Retaining walls adjacent to each new elevator will also be painted. Other work at the station includes new lighting in the area surrounding the elevators, CCTV security cameras, new signage and installation of bird control measures.
Work at the Murray Hill Station is part of the broader LIRR program to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. For more information and construction photos, please visit the Murray Hill Station – New Elevators project page on AModernLI.com.