INWOOD — The long-closed stairwell leading from Dyckman Street into the A train station reopened Monday — despite signs posted just last week that said it would remain shuttered until Aug. 25.
But the early opening was hampered by the subsequent closure of the Broadway entrance.
The MTA started work on the Dyckman Street stairwell in April and planned to have it back in service by July 11.
But a custom-made handrail that took more than a month to arrive caused the agency to push back the deadline, an MTA spokesman said. Workers then painted and power-washed the entrance before reopening it.
The repairs came after a prolonged fight between the MTA and the owners of the building above the subway entrance. Each party said the other was responsible for maintaining the stairwell and half of it sat closed for years because it was in such poor condition.
The MTA has carried out the work, but plans to sue the building owner for the cost, the agency said.
An MTA spokeswoman said that the Broadway stairwell needs repairs to the landing, new drains and paint. The project is expected to take three to four weeks.