The support columns of the garage of the Government Center “badly deteriorated” activate the subway, the closure of the roads

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority suspended some Orange Line and Green Line services through parts of downtown Boston on Thursday due to what the transit agency described as a “structural problem with the Government Center Garage.” Video of the scene showed police blocking the streets in the area. . Boston police said Congress Street under the Government Center garage, Purchase Street, Sudbury Street, and New Chardon Street were temporarily closed. The MBTA said the orange line was suspended between the North Station and the Back Bay and the green line service was replaced by shuttle buses between the Government Center and Lechmere due to what the T said was a “problem. structural with the Government Center garage “. the contractor demolishing the Government Center private garage, informed the MBTA that the garage support columns that pass through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station have deteriorated badly, creating an unsafe environment in the area of ​​the tunnels for the operation of the trains of the green line and the orange line, “the MBTA said in a press release.” The conditions of these columns require the suspension of the Green Line and Orange Line rail service with immediate effect in the tunnels under the station. Haymarket, “the statement said. HYM Investment Group, a Boston-based real estate developer part of the joint venture for the Government Center garage property, said prior to the MBTA statement that the problem was unrelated to the demolition work in the parking lot. “A team of engineers conducted an investigation into the tunnels of the MBTA under the Government Center Garage,” reads a statement from HYM In vestment Group. “An underground column near the green and orange lines has been identified as having been compromised by years of water damage.” According to HYM, the condition of the column is unrelated to the demolition work at the government center garage. The MBTA blew HYM in their press release, blaming them for the disruption of service. “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 CEO Steve Poftak said in a news publication. “The safety of motorcyclists is our top priority and unfortunately, following the project of this private part, we have to divert the trains until the tunnels can be inspected and cleared by independent experts.” a team of structural engineers examines and assesses infrastructure above and below the surface, makes emergency repairs and confirms that metro service can safely resume. On March 26, a construction worker was killed during a partial collapse of the Government Center parking lot in the Haymarket area of ​​the city. According to the Boston firefighters, the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was carrying out renovation demolition inside the garage of a construction vehicle when the floor folded under the vehicle The partial collapse led to a two-week suspension of the MBTA Green Line subway service to allow structural engineers to fully inspect the green line tunnel. “The City of Boston has taken precaution and measures to close the roads surrounding the Government Center garage as the garage owner and MBTA conduct further structural analysis of a deteriorated support column found under the garage today,” he said. the city of Boston in a press release. The MBTA encouraged commuters directly affected by the tunnel closure to consider working from home if possible. “Commuters and workers in the area,” the statement read.

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

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

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

The MBTA said the orange line was suspended between the North Station and Back Bay and the green line service was replaced by shuttle buses between the Government Center and Lechmere due to what the T said was a “structural problem. with the Government Center Garage “.

“HYM Construction, the contractor demolishing the Government Center private garage, informed the MBTA that the garage support columns passing through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station have deteriorated badly, creating an unsafe environment in the tunnel area for the operation of trains of the green line and the orange line through, “the MBTA said in a press release.

“The conditions of these columns require the suspension of the Green Line and Orange Line rail service with immediate effect in the tunnels under Haymarket station,” the note reads.

HYM Investment Group, a Boston-based real estate developer part of the Government Center garage ownership joint venture, said prior to the MBTA statement that the problem was unrelated to the parking lot demolition.

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

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According to HYM, the condition of the column is unrelated to the demolition work at the Government Center Garage.

The MBTA blew HYM in their press release, blaming them for the disruption of service.

“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 General Manager Steve Poftak said in a press release. “The safety of motorcyclists is our top priority and unfortunately, due to the design of this private part, we have to divert the trains until the tunnels can be inspected and cleared by independent experts.”

The MBTA said it will not resume rail service in this area until a team of structural engineers examines and assesses the infrastructure above and below the surface, carries out emergency repairs and confirms that metro service can safely resume. .

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

According to Boston firefighters, the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was carrying out demolition work inside a construction vehicle garage when the floor folded under the vehicle.

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

“The city of Boston has taken the precautionary measure to close the streets surrounding the Government Center Garage as the garage owner and MBTA conduct further structural analysis of a deteriorated support column found under the garage today,” the city said. of Boston in a news story. publication.

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

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