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MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) has awarded a $45 million contract to Ahern Painting Contractors Inc. to perform structural steel repair work and overcoat painting along a segment of the Flushing Line in Queens.The work, which will take place between 72nd and 104 streets, involves the capture and removal of paint, dirt, grease and grime from the elevated structure, NYCT officials said in a press release. That will be followed by painting of all structural steel surfaces.Crews also will scrape, clean and paint other elements of the 101-year-old Flushing Line, including certain communication rooms, signal towers and circuit breaker houses. Repairs will be made to structural steel beams and concrete column bases on the structure.The project is expected to take about two years. The Flushing Line carries NYCT's 7 route trains.