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Reopening of Smith-9th Street Station Delayed Until April 2013, MTA Says

By Heather Holland | December 20, 2012 11:53am

CARROLL GARDENS — Brooklynites will have to wait a little longer to use the Smith-9th Street F/G subway station.

The station, which has been closed for construction since the summer of 2011, was most recently supposed to open later this month, but the MTA has now pushed the opening back until April 2013, according to a report by the MTA's Capital Program Oversight Committee.

The delay was partly caused by the contractor's "poor managment" of the renovation, the committee's report said.

Additional problems include "insufficient manpower and quality control and other design issues," the report said.

A representative of the MTA confirmed that the opening date of the Smith-9th Street Station wouldn’t take place until the first quarter of next year.

News of the delay came as a disappointment to members of the community, but some said they were glad that the damaging winds of Hurricane Sandy hadn’t extended the delay even further.

“We’re thankful that the station didn’t sustain great damages from recent weather events which could have resulted [in] an even more extended delay in its reopening,” said Craig Hammerman, district manager of Community Board 6.

“Sure we’re disappointed by this delay, but when the Smith-9th Street station reopens, it’s more important that it be safe and complete," Hammerman said. "Our community is depending on it.”