Government Center Station to Be Closed and Renovated

Which isn’t a bad thing:

The Government Center subway station is scheduled to shut down for two years starting around late summer or early fall of 2013 so that construction can be done on an estimated $90 million project to renovate and rebuild part of the busy station at City Hall Plaza, MBTA officials said…

The project will overhaul the station, including by: building a new station entrance, or “headhouse” structure; renovating Green Line and Blue Line platforms; overhauling the electrical system; installing new elevators, escalators, LED signs, improved lighting and an expanded fare collection area; and reconstructing some of the surrounding parts of Cambridge Street and City Hall Plaza, officials said.

The work will modernize the station and bring it up to current code requirements, including complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The T expects federal funding will cover about 80 percent of the projected $90 million cost, according to Joe Pesaturo, a spokesman for the public transit agency…

During the two years the station is closed, trains will still be able to bypass, but not stop at, the station, Pesaturo said.

Not bad, but if they remove the last vestiges of the Scollay Square Under, I’ll be pissed.

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