Ceiling collapse repairs continue through the weekend, disrupting No. 1 service
Service disruption on the No. 1 line will continue through the weekend as contractors hurry to secure a historic ceiling that collapsed in the 181st Street station Sunday.
NYC Transit hustled up buses from across the city to provide shuttle service between 168th Street and Dyckman Street, after three stations were left without service. Straphangers can also ride the M3 bus route for free along the congested Washington Heights route.
“It’s as painless as it can be under the circumstances,” said Andrew Albert, a MTA board member.
Local officials said they had been complaining about water leaks and crumbling tiles at the 181st Street station for three years.
MTA officials said yesterday that they was aware of the shaky ceiling and in April had come up with a master plan to fix it. Funding for repair of a significant portion of the ceiling façade was approved last week and work was scheduled to begin next year. With the collapse, the ceiling will now be secured and the approved work will go on next year as planned.
Inspectors will also assess the conditions of a similarly-designed ceiling at the 168th Street station on the 1 train.
All subway tunnels and elevated structures are inspected on a yearly basis, transit officials said.