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MTA Staten Island Railway (SIR) yesterday began a comprehensive repair and rehabilitation project at its Richmond Valley Station.Crews will repair the station's concrete structure, structural steel beams and columns, platforms, staircases and platform canopies, according to an SIR press release. They'll also repaint structural steel infrastructure and install additional benches, new signage, customer information displays, new glass panels and artwork.In March, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board awarded a $2.2 million contract to Zion Contracting to complete the project. The agency awarded the contract through its small business mentoring program, which is aimed at increasing and supporting small business participation in MTA's construction projects.Located in Staten Island's Richmond Valley neighborhood, the station opened in 1860 as part of SIR predecessor Staten Island Rapid Transit Railroad. The stop is one of the oldest in the MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) system and predates the subways, said NYCT President Andy Byford.