Return of service to 181st Street Station uncertain for Monday

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Repairs to the ceiling in the 181st Street subway station continued throughout the weekend, but it was unclear early Sunday evening whether service on the No. 1 would resume by Monday's rush hour.

Workers finished removing 35 feet of debris from the tracks and erected a wooden platform used to reach the three-story high landmark ceiling, which partially collapsed last week and knocked out service to the 181st Street, 191st Street and Dyckman Street No. 1 stations in Washington Heights. The platform will allow transit to repair the ceiling when normal service returns, officials said.

The agency had previously said it anticipated service at all the stations to resume by this past weekend.

Last week, thousands of straphangers rode shuttle buses to bypass the closed stations during the repairs.

The MTA shut four additional stations during the weekend to inspect the ceiling at the 168th Street stop, which has a similar facade.

Transit officials did not return calls for comment Sunday.

hhaddon@am-ny.com

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