‘Heavily degraded’ government center garage support columns cause subway, road closures

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Orange Line and Green Line services through parts of downtown Boston remain suspended Friday due to what the transit agency described as a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage.” The Orange Line has been suspended between North Station and Back Bay, and Green Line service has been replaced with shuttle buses between Government Center and Lechmere because of what the T said was a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage”. Boston police said Congress Street below the Government Center garage, Purchase Street, Sudbury Street and New Chardon Street were temporarily closed. “HYM Construction, the contractor demolishing the private garage of the government center, has informed the MBTA that the garage support columns passing through MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station have deteriorated severely, creating an unsafe environment in the tunnel area. for trains of the Green Line and Orange Line,” the MBTA said in a press release. “The condition of these columns requires the suspension of Green Line and Orange Line train services in the tunnels under Haymarket station with immediate effect,” the statement said. said prior to the MBTA’s statement that the problem was not related to demolition work in the parking garage. “An underground column near the Green and Orange Lines was identified as affected by years of water damage.” According to HYM, the condition of the column is not related to the demolition work in the garage of the government center. The MBTA quashed HYM in their “This service interruption due to HYM’s project is unacceptable and the MBTA will try to hold HYM Construction responsible for all costs associated with this event,” said Steve Poftak, MBTA General Manager in a news item. release. “The safety of the riders is our top priority and unfortunately, as a result of this private party’s project, we have to reroute trains until the tunnels can be inspected and released by independent experts.” The MBTA said it will not resume train service through this area until a team of structural engineers examines and assesses the infrastructure above and below the surface, performs emergency repairs and confirms that subway service can be safely resumed. On March 26, a construction worker was killed in a partial collapse of the Government Center parking garage in the Haymarket area. According to the Boston Fire Department, the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was engaged in demolition work in the parking garage in a construction vehicle when the floor collapsed under the vehicle. The partial collapse resulted in a two-week suspension of the MBTA Green Line subway service to allow structural engineers to extensively inspect the Green Line tunnel.” as the garage owner and the MBTA conduct further structural analysis of a deteriorated column of support found under the garage today,” the city of Boston said in a press release. The MBTA encouraged commuters directly affected by the tunnel closures to work from home if possible, “commuters and workers in the area,” the press release said.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s Orange Line and Green Line services through parts of downtown Boston remain suspended Friday due to what the transit agency described as a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage.”

The Orange Line has been interrupted between North Station and Back Bay, and Green Line service has been replaced with shuttle buses between Government Center and Lechmere because of what the T said was a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage.”

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

“HYM Construction, the contractor demolishing the private garage of the government center, has informed the MBTA that the garage support columns passing through MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station have deteriorated severely, creating an unsafe environment in the tunnel area. for trains of the Green Line and Orange Line,” the MBTA said in a press release.

“The condition of these columns requires the suspension of the Green Line and Orange Line train services with immediate effect in the tunnels under Haymarket station,” the statement said.

HYM Investment Group, a Boston real estate developer that is part of the Government Center’s garage ownership joint venture, said ahead of the MBTA’s statement that the problem was not related to demolition work in the parking garage.

“A team of engineers has conducted an investigation into the MBTA tunnels under the Government Center Garage,” said a statement from HYM Investment Group. “An underground column near the Green and Orange Lines was identified as affected by years of water damage.”

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According to HYM, the condition of the column has nothing to do with the demolition work at the Garage of the Rijkscentrum.

The MBTA yelled out HYM in their press release, accusing them of 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 accountable for all costs associated with this event,” said MBTA General Manager Steve Poftak in a press release. “The safety of the riders is our top priority and unfortunately, as a result of this private party’s project, we will have to divert trains until the tunnels can be inspected and released by independent experts.”

The MBTA said it will not resume train service through this area until a team of structural engineers examines and assesses the infrastructure above and below the surface, makes emergency repairs and confirms that subway service can be safely resumed.

On March 26, a construction worker was killed in a partial collapse of the Government Center car park in the Haymarket area of ​​the city.

The Boston Fire Department said the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was demolishing the parking garage of a construction vehicle when the floor beneath the vehicle collapsed.

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

“The City of Boston took the precaution of closing the streets around the Government Center Garage while the garage owner and the MBTA are conducting further structural analysis of a deteriorated column of support found today under the garage,” the City of Boston said in a statement. a news item. release.

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

“The City of Boston will continue to work closely with the garage owner, the MBTA and construction crews to determine the next steps to ensure the safety of residents, commuters and workers in the area,” the press release said.

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