Here’s your firsthand look at the Second Avenue subway signs

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NEW YORK — Crews, construction workers and transit agency officials are working to get the new Second Avenue subway line open by the end of year.

But don't expect them to give you an exact date.

At the New York City Sign Shop on Bergen Street in Brooklyn, workers have made 1,300 signs for the return of the W train on Nov. 7 from Astoria to Lower Manhattan. Some of those signs have already been placed on station platforms.

The Q, which runs to Astoria currently, will eventually service the new section of line on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

Those signs for the Second Avenue Subway are being made. There are hundreds of items and tests required before the new section of line can open.

Transit officials have not ruled out opening a portion of the new line by the end of the year. But they are also focusing on competing the entire project. Contractors will receive bonuses if their work is competed in time.

Tuesday morning, in front of a new plaza at 63rd Street and Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney revealed her report card for the project.

She gave it an "A+" and expected the facilities to be ready by the end of this year.

MTA Committee and Board meetings are being held on Wednesday and Friday. The monthly update from staff and an independent engineer will be presented.

Since the late spring, the independent engineer has warned of an increasing risk that the project testing would not be completed.

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