Andy Byford

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'Neglected' 7 Line Getting Long-Awaited Repairs

June 19, 2018 - 12:35 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Transit officials are announcing the start of a long-awaited repairs to the aging 7 line in Queens.

According to a study by the painter's union, the lead paint peeling off one station was 50 times the safe limit.

Queens Democratic Congressman Joe Crowley feels the rest of the 7 line is not much better.

"It needs love and care and attention. For too long it's been neglected," Crowley said.

Starting next month, painters will hit the No. 7 line from Jackson Heights to Corona.

New York City Transit President Andy Byford said they'll be experts in their field.

"We will be doing this in phases using a specialist contractor -- a contractor who knows what they're doing, who knows how to remove lead paint," Byford said. "They will progressively apply three coats of specialized paint such that this structure is good for decades to come."

Crowley said a fresh coat of paint is only the beginning. Workers will take care of what's under the paint as well.

"When you're painting this line you see the structural issues as well up close. Every aspect of it," Crowley said, adding that it will all be repaired. "You just simply can't paint over rotten paint or bad paint or bad steel or bad concrete."

The project starts in July and later work will begin on the western part of the 7 line.

It is expected to take two years to complete.