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MBTA kicks off Government Center Station project

This week, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) plans to begin the Government Center Station rehabilitation project in Boston with the reconfiguration of area roads and sidewalks.

The subway station will be closed for two years starting in spring 2014 while crews rebuild the station. The entire project is scheduled for completion in fall 2016, according to Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) blog.

The $90 million project will include new elevators from the surface to the Green Line level and from the Green Line level to the Blue Line level; renovations to the Green and Blue line platforms; a new station entrance and lobbies; a new emergency exit structure on Cambridge Street between Court and Sudbury streets; improved circulation between the Green and Blue line platforms; and reconstruction of Cambridge Street and a part of City Hall plaza.

Other station improvements will include new escalators, LED signage, a new fare collection area, upgraded back-up power supply, new station lighting and a public-address system.

The MBTA Design and Construction Department is managing the project. The contractor is Barlette Heavy Division; HDR Engineering Inc. performed the design work.

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