MBTA keeps parts of Green and Orange Line service suspended through weekend

Parts of Green and Orange Line service will continue to be suspended through the weekend, as crews work to shore up what the MBTA described as “severely deteriorated” support columns at the Government Center Garage.

The T said it is aiming to resume service — which was unexpectedly shut down Thursday night — on Monday morning, if the garage is “deemed safe by internal and third-party engineers and safety experts.”

“The MBTA continues to provide assistance to the developer of the private Government Center Garage in the recovery effort, accommodating all efforts for the developer to have access to the support columns and to reinforce the structures,” the T said in a statement.

“Repair work continues to be underway and the MBTA will continue to support HYM’s contractors by delivering workers and materials to the site.”

HYM Construction, the company demolishing a portion of the Government Center Garage as part of its redevelopment, told the T that the garage’s support columns that pass through MBTA tunnels were severely deteriorated, which was creating an unsafe environment in the tunnel area for the Green and Orange Line trains to operate through, according to the MBTA.

While the MBTA has blamed the construction company’s demolition for the structural problem in the garage, the developer, HYM Investment Group, said the problem stemmed from years of water damage.

For the weekend, Orange Line service will remain suspended between Back Bay and North Station, and shuttle buses will replace Green Line service between Lechmere and Government Center stations. The MBTA said riders should use Green Line service between Copley and Government Center stations.

“Structural engineers and safety experts are also on scene monitoring the site, performing intensive examinations and assessments of the infrastructure above and below the surface at Haymarket,” the T said. “Those teams are and will be ready to assess their work to ensure the safety of all infrastructure before allowing MBTA service to resume.”

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