“Heavily Degraded”: Garage support pillars trigger subway and road closures

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Thursday suspended some Orange Line and Green Line services through portions of downtown Boston because the transportation agency called a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.” Boston police said Congress Street under the Government Center garage, Purchase Street, New Sudbury Street and New Chardon Street were temporarily closed. According to MBTA, the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay has been suspended and Green Line service has been replaced with shuttle buses between Government Center and Lechmere because the T said there was a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.” The contractor who demolished the government center’s private garage told the MBTA that the garage’s support pillars, which pass through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station, are badly damaged, creating an unsafe environment for Green’s operations in the tunnel area Line and Orange Line trains,” the MBTA said in a press release. “The condition of these pillars requires the immediate suspension of Green Line and Orange Line rail service in the tunnels beneath Haymarket station,” the statement said . said before the MBTA’s statement that the problem is not related to demolition work at the parking garage.”An underground pillar near the Green and Orange Lines has been identified as at risk from years of water damage.” Related to the demolition work at the Government Center garage, the MBTA blasted HYM in their press release, blaming them for the Service Interruption. “This service disruption as a result of HYM’s project is unacceptable and MBTA will seek to hold HYM Construction accountable for all costs associated with this event,” said Steve Poftak, MBTA’s general manager, in a news release. “Passenger safety is our top priority and unfortunately this private party’s project means we are having to reroute trains until the tunnels can be inspected and cleared by independent experts.” A team of structural engineers surveys and assesses the infrastructure above and below the surface, making emergency repairs and confirming that subway operations can safely resume. 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. According to the Boston Fire Department, the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was carrying out demolition work in a construction vehicle parking garage when the ground gave way under the vehicle. The partial collapse resulted in a two-week suspension of MBTA Green Line subway service to allow civil engineers to comprehensively inspect the Green Line tunnel y measure to close roads around the Government Center Garage while the garage owner and the MBTA conduct further structural analysis of a degraded support column found beneath the garage today,” the City of Boston said in a press release. MBTA encouraged commuters directly affected by the tunnel closures to consider working from home if possible. commuters and workers in the area,” the press release said.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority on Thursday suspended some Orange Line and Green Line services through portions of downtown Boston because the transportation agency called a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.”

Video from the crime scene showed police cordoning off roads in the area.

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

According to MBTA, the Orange Line between North Station and Back Bay has been suspended and Green Line service has been replaced with shuttle buses between Government Center and Lechmere because the T said there was a “structural issue with the Government Center Garage.”

Government Center Garage Roads Closed

“HYM Construction, the contractor who demolished the private Government Center garage, informed the MBTA that the garage’s buttresses, which pass through the MBTA tunnels near Haymarket station, are severely damaged, creating an unsafe situation in the tunnel area environment for the operation of the Green Line and Orange Line trains,” MBTA said in a press release.

“The condition of these pillars requires the immediate suspension of rail service on the Green Line and Orange Line in the tunnels beneath Haymarket station,” the statement said.

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

“A team of engineers has conducted a survey of the MBTA tunnels beneath the Government Center Garage,” HYM Investment Group said in a statement. “An underground pillar near the Green and Orange Lines has been identified as having been affected by years of water damage.”

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According to HYM, the condition of the pillar is unrelated to the demolition work at the Government Center garage.

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

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

The MBTA said it will not resume rail service through this area until a team of civil engineers surveys and assesses the infrastructure above and below the surface, makes emergency repairs and confirms that subway operations can safely resume.

mbta seismograph in the tunnel

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

According to the Boston Fire Department, the victim, 51-year-old Peter Monsini of South Easton, was in a construction vehicle carrying out demolition work in the parking garage when the ground gave way under the vehicle.

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

“The City of Boston has taken the precautionary measure to close roads around the Government Center Garage while the garage owner and MBTA conduct further structural analysis of a degraded support column found beneath the garage today,” the City of Boston said in a statement message publication.

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, MBTA and construction crews to determine next steps to ensure the safety of residents, commuters and workers in the area,” the release said.

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