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2nd Ave. Subway's 83rd St. Entrance Reopens After Week of Escalator Repairs

By Shaye Weaver | May 22, 2017 11:39am
 The escalators were repaired last week and reopened Monday.
The escalators were repaired last week and reopened Monday.
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YORKVILLE — The 83rd Street entrance to the Second Avenue Subway reopened Monday after a weeklong closure, according to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Faulty sensors set off water sprinklers inside the 86th Street Station on the 83rd Street side around May 14, damaging three escalators, city officials said last week.

MTA workers closed off the entrance and exit to commuters for an entire week as they repaired them.

Workers had been directing subway riders to the 86th Street entrance all week, but straphangers complained that the closure created a logjam, forcing a large number of people into one entrance during the morning and evening rushes.

Readers on Neighborhood Square sounded off about the closure.

"Why are there only FOUR turnstiles at the 86 St end of the station? There's no way that can handle everyone now!" wrote commenter hessmatthias.

"Why is it closed? Don't they have stairs? Do they need to close the stairs in order to work on the escalator? It doesn't make sense unless there are no stairs. If there are stairs, then leave them open since not everyone is lazy or incapacitated," commenter SailingNewYorkCity added.

The MTA worked around-the-clock to finish the repairs by Monday morning, when the escalators were up and running again, officials confirmed.