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The next step in the construction of the Flushing-Main Street’s LIRR station is underway.

On Monday, Aug. 7, steel construction on the station’s elevators began, pending final approval of permits from the Department of Transportation.

The elevator, pictured in a rendering of the completed station, is part of the $24.6 million project first announced in 2012.

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Other improvements coming to the station include a new Ticket Office, platform shelters and railings, staircases, canopies, energy-efficient lighting, improved signage and upgraded security measures.

“This project has had a few obstacles and bumps along the way, but we are now finally on track, no pun intended,” Congresswoman Grace Meng said back when the upgrades were initially announced.

The obstacles Meng referenced include an eminent domain battle with Ou-Juang Supermarket, which prolonged the MTA’s ability to do construction on the elevators.

The improvements at Flushing-Main Street come as the LIRR embarks on a $5.6 billion transformation plan in which 39 stations will be renovated, including $375 million for work on the Jamaica, Mets-Willets Point and Bayside stations in Queens.

Construction, which started in the summer of 2016, is expected to continue for another year based on initial estimates.

Editors Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the elevator project was completed. We regret any confusion which may have resulted.

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