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Saturday, December 06, 2008

Cracker jack job

Glad the MBTA didn't update signs in Copley Station saying the new station will be ready to go in the Spring of 2009.

The roof-to-foundation crack in Old South Church by a contractor allegedly shoring up the structure to allow the installation of an elevator is just the sort of screw up we have come to expect from the T -- although this one is significantly more serious than the five-year delay in Kenmore or the damaged bench outside the historic McKim Building across the street at the library.

And why am I not comforted by the words of a T official saying the contractor, not the taxpayer, will pickup the cost for repairing the church?

The Copley project seems almost as endless as Kenmore and the planning does seem to baffle the average person. If the idea is to make access easier, why not connect the inbound and outbound sides? But most of all, why not sink an elevator on the plaza across Dartmouth Street across from the library?

Losing the ArtsBoston kiosk would not be as culturally significant.

And of course you have to ask what wonders does the MBTA have in store for the Arlington Street Church and the chronically late station renovation under that historic structure?

As long as the T is delaying the Copley project to make sure they understand how they screwed up, perhaps they should do the same one stop up the line and prevent the same thing from happening again.

After all, what's another decade of construction delays?

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Blogger Roxanne said...

The MBTA is one of the reasons I decided to look for a job outside of Boston. I'm happy to say my commute will be MBTA-free in a week!

December 06, 2008 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the major work next to the Arlington St. church is done. At one point there was a major excavation next to the church as they built a new elevator shaft and underground walkway from the shaft to the station entrance location at the corner. But all of the excavation and concrete pourings look to be done, there is now an (empty) elevator shaft and a closed-off new stairwell next to the church, and they have been putting back the soil next to the church where the excavation was.

I would assume that puting the elevator equipment into the shaft (which they have not done yet) would not be nearly as tricky or dangerous to the church foundation as the actual construction of the shaft.

The work at Copley next to the other church seems to be the initial shaft construction. Also, I don't see how it would be easy to connect the inbound and outbound at Copley. That would require a new excavation under the tracks, while still operating the trains, in an area that is all filled-in land. I would guess that problems with digging any deeper might be a reason why they didn't build a connection between inbound and outbound in the first place when the tunnel was built in 1914.

December 06, 2008 9:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps NABB will get their wish to keep all handicapped people out of the Back Bay.

December 06, 2008 12:58 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks for the update Anon 9:36. I realize the connection dream is just that, but I'm curious if it was ever considered.

December 07, 2008 1:31 PM  

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