Commuter Alert: 14-month shutdown of some N train platforms in Brooklyn begins

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Dray Clark has details on the shutdown of 9 'N' train platforms in Brooklyn for the next 14 months.

Brooklyn subway riders are getting ready for big changes during a construction project slated to last more than two years.

Starting Monday, nine Manhattan-bound N train platforms will be closed down for the next 14 months.

Work on the nine stations along the N line in Brooklyn is expected to create a headache for commuters.

"I'm really unhappy about it because it's actually in the middle of everything. Everybody comes here," said Nick Ning, a commuter.

It's the kind of news riders never want to hear: No service because of construction.

Crews will work on nine stops along the N line in Brooklyn between 8th Avenue to 86th Street.

It will knock out Manhattan bound service for 14 months.

And then when that's done, there will be no Brooklyn-bound service for another 14 months!

"It's going to be really, really tough. I'm going to figure it out. New York there's other trains so you know," said Kellyann Woodford, a commuter.

But the MTA has built temporary platforms to provide Manhattan-bound service at 8th Avenue and Bay Parkway, so riders don't have to backtrack to the end of the line just to get into Manhattan.

Some riders are just rolling with the punches.

"No one wants to deal with the delays and it's a thing but you live here. You have to deal with it. The MTA provides transportation for millions of people, but you have to take the good with the bad," said Igor Chernishov, a commuter.

The bottom line is the MTA says with crumbling overpasses, old platforms and outdated stairways, and much needed updates to the speaker systems, this work is long overdue.

"This is a vital project that needs to get done and needs to get done now. This is a rise of way that was built in the 20th century and a hundred years later, we got to get in and do this work," said Kevin Ortiz, MTA.

Also some of these stations will also get wheelchair accessible ramps and elevators.

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