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Closure Of Government Center T Station Delayed

A rendering of the proposed Government Center station entrance. Construction will close the station to passengers for two years. (Courtesy of the MBTA)
A rendering of the proposed Government Center station entrance. Construction will close the station to passengers for two years. (Courtesy of the MBTA)

A plan to close the Government Center MBTA station for two years for construction will be delayed until the Callahan Tunnel reopens next spring, officials say.

The tunnel to Logan Airport will close in December and reopen at the end of March 2014, when a separate construction project ends.

The $90 million Government Center rehabilitation project was slated to begin this September and last for 24 months. T spokesman Joe Pesaturo said state Transportation Secretary Richard Davey decided not to close the station and tunnel simultaneously.

Pesaturo said the Government Center station will close in the spring of 2014, reopening in 2016 completely rebuilt and fully accessible.

The Boston Globe reports that work will still begin this fall without closing the station to passengers, and that the delay is not expected to affect the cost of the project.

This program aired on July 30, 2013. The audio for this program is not available.

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