‘Severely deteriorated’ garage support columns trigger subway and road closures

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Thursday suspended some Orange and Green Line services in parts of downtown Boston due to what the transit agency described as a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.” Video from the scene showed police blocking streets in the area. Boston police said Congress Street below the Government Center garage, Purchase Street, New Sudbury Street and New Chardon Street were temporarily closed. The MBTA said the Orange Line had been suspended between North Station and Back Bay and Green Line service replaced with shuttles between Government Center and Lechmere due to what the T called a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage”. the contractor demolishing the government center private garage, has informed the MBTA that the garage support columns running through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station are badly deteriorated, creating an unsafe environment in the tunnel area for Green Line and Orange Line trains are running,” the MBTA said in a press release. “The condition of these columns necessitates the suspension of Green Line and Orange Line rail service with immediate effect in the tunnels under Haymarket,” the statement said. HYM Investment Group, a Boston property developer part of the Government Center garage ownership joint venture, said ahead of the MBTA’s statement that the issue was unrelated to demolition work on the “An underground column near the green and orange lines has been identified as compromised by years of water damage.” According to HYM, the condition of the column is unrelated to the tra demolition site at Government Center Garage. press release, blaming them for the service interruption. “This disruption of service as a result of the HYM project is unacceptable and the MBTA will seek to hold HYM Construction responsible for all costs associated with this event,” MBTA Chief Executive Steve Poftak said in a statement. Release. “Passenger safety is our top priority and unfortunately as a result of this private party’s project we have to divert trains until the tunnels can be inspected and cleared by independent experts.” The MBTA has said it will not resume rail service in this area until a team of structural engineers examine and assess infrastructure above and below the surface, carry out emergency repairs and confirm that the subway service can resume safely. On March 26, a construction worker was killed in a partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot in the Haymarket area of ​​the city. According to the Boston Fire Department, the victim, Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, was carrying out demolition work inside the parking lot in a construction vehicle when the ground buckled under the vehicle.The partial collapse led to a two-week suspension of MBTA Green Line subway service for allow structural engineers to thoroughly inspect the Green Line tunnel. The MBTA has encouraged commuters directly impacted by the tunnel closures to consider working from home if possible.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Thursday suspended some Orange and Green Line services in parts of downtown Boston due to what the transit agency described as a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.”

Video from the scene showed police blocking streets in the area.

Boston police said Congress Street below the Government Center garage, Purchase Street, New Sudbury Street and New Chardon Street were temporarily closed.

The MBTA said the Orange Line had been suspended between North Station and Back Bay and Green Line service replaced with shuttles between Government Center and Lechmere due to what the T called a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage”.

“HYM Construction, the contractor demolishing the private garage at the Government Center, has informed the MBTA that the garage support columns running through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station are severely deteriorated, creating an unsafe environment in the area of ​​the tunnel for Green Line and Orange Line trains to operate through,” the MBTA said in a press release.

“The condition of these columns necessitates the suspension of Green Line and Orange Line rail service with immediate effect in the tunnels under Haymarket Station,” the statement read.

HYM Investment Group, a Boston real estate developer part of the Government Center garage ownership joint venture, said before the MBTA statement that the issue was not related to the parking lot demolition work.

“A team of engineers has conducted an investigation into the MBTA tunnels under the Government Center garage,” a statement from investment group HYM said. “An underground column near the green and orange lines has been identified as compromised by years of water damage.”

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According to HYM, the condition of the column is not related to the demolition work of the garage of the government center.

The MBTA blasted HYM in its press release, blaming it for the service disruption.

“This disruption of service as a result of the HYM project is unacceptable and MBTA will seek to hold HYM Construction responsible for all costs associated with this occurrence,” MBTA Chief Executive Steve Poftak said in a press release. . “Passenger safety is our top priority and unfortunately as a result of this private party’s project we have to divert trains until the tunnels can be inspected and cleared by independent experts.”

The MBTA has said it will not resume rail service in this area until a team of structural engineers examine and assess infrastructure above and below the surface, make repairs to emergency and confirmed that metro service can resume safely.

mbta seismograph inside the tunnel

On March 26, a construction worker was killed in a partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot in the city’s Haymarket area.

According to the Boston Fire Department, the victim, Peter Monsini, 51, of South Easton, was doing demolition work inside the parking lot in a construction vehicle when the ground buckled under the vehicle.

The partial collapse led to a two-week suspension of MBTA Green Line subway service to allow structural engineers a thorough inspection of the Green Line tunnel.

The MBTA has encouraged commuters directly affected by the tunnel closures to consider working from home if possible.

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