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Subway Track Work to Shut Down Bushwick Streets by J/Z Line Until September

 The MTA is kicking off serious track work on the J,Z line in Bushwick.
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BUSHWICK — A major facelift of the J/Z subway tracks kicking off this weekend will shut down streets and train stations along the line for 11 weekends, the MTA said.

The track work — starting early Saturday morning at the Kosciusko Street station and running to other spots on the line until Sept. 1 — will prompt street closures on weekends throughout the line, said an MTA spokeswoman, who noted the closures would be posted "at all sites a day or two in advance."

"Street closures are not listed on the web," said the spokeswoman Deirdre Parker, noting that residents must look on the streets to find out details of closures and timing.

For the first two weekends the J/Z train will run express between Myrtle Avenue and Broadway Junction and streets around the Kosciusko station will be closed, she said.

This weekend Vernon Avenue between Broadway and Stuyvesant Avenue, Willoughby Avenue between Broadway and Stuyvesant Avenue, and Hart Street between Broadway and Stuyvesant Avenue will all be closed, she said.

On weekdays track construction will perform "prep work," in which cranes will cart necessary items to the line, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., while on weekends the actual construction (including the replacement of panels) will occur, she said.

"Street closures will be in effect when cranes are in operation and parking will be restricted for 150 feet at each crane location," she advised, noting that parking would also be closed for 300 feet along Broadway during part of the work.

The streets that will be affected throughout the project include Vernon Avenue, Willoughby Avenue, Hart Street, Malcolm X Blvd, DeKalb Avenue, Kosciusko Street, Patchen Avenue, Kossuth Place, Lafayette Avenue, Van Buren Street, Greene Avenue, Lexington Avenue and Ralph Avenue, Parker said.

"Because of revisions to the schedule that may occur, residents and riders should look for the posted signs for specific closures," she said.