The details of an estimated $25 million, three-year rehabilitation of the Margaret-Orthodox elevated-train SEPTA station began to emerge last night at the first community meeting held by the project management team.
The project, which focuses on bringing the second-to-last eastbound stop into American’s with Disabilities Act compliance, isn’t scheduled to begin until early 2011 and remains in the design phase. The funding for the project has not yet been secured.
The project will add three new elevators, new train and bus platforms and new sidewalks. The station, which will be generally repainted and repaired, will also get new lighting, a new communications system with security cameras and a new transformers enclosure to support the added power needed. Silva said $150,000 is being planned for an artistic element, which he said would be chosen with the help of neighborhood representatives.
The station will remain in service throughout the construction phase — though Silva warned of some temporary closures, delays, one-track usage or rerouting during nights and weekends — which will be accomplished by building a secondary entrance in the vacant lot at the southwest corner of Frankford Avenue and Arrott Street
The project would be completed before fall 2013.