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Government Center Parking Garage Demolition to Resume – NECN

Demolition of the Government Center parking lot in downtown Boston is set to resume on Monday, nearly four months after a deadly collapse.

Road closures at the demolition site are expected to be in effect until Labor Day.

“It seems to be some kind of cursed project,” said Mike Werner, who usually walks under the Congress Street garage on his way to work.

Demolition of the Government Center parking lot in downtown Boston is set to resume on Monday, nearly four months after a deadly collapse.

The garage was being demolished as part of a $1.5 billion development project. Work was suspended after part of the ninth floor collapsed on March 26, killing Peter Monsini, a 51-year-old wrecker who was driving a construction vehicle.

“In my mind, the sooner they can get rid of this thing and have it demolished, get all the dodgy beams out of the tunnels,” Werner said, “the better.”

Crews will return to Boston’s Government Center Garage to resume demolition months after a deadly collapse.

As work continued on Monday, a spokesman for Suffolk County District Attorney Kevin Hayden said the investigation is continuing as prosecutors await a final report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. For its part, OSHA said Monday it is continuing to investigate and has no timeline for when it will complete its investigation.

“I think it’s a big mess,” Orlando Abreu said Monday as he left work. “I grew up here, I saw this building, it’s a mess, it’s a big mess.”

The collapse that killed Monsini reportedly caused structural damage to rail tunnels under the garage, prompting the MBTA to announce a temporary suspension of rail service in June.

Extent of demolition work, starting July 11. (Courtesy of HYM Investment Group LLC)

HYM Investment Group, the company behind the Bullfinch Crossing project, said it was ready to resume operations on Monday.

Project-related road closures began on Sunday, leaving drivers and pedestrians to experience the new routes.

Temporary routes for vehicles and pedestrians, from July 10. (Courtesy of HYM Investment Group LLC)

The section of Congress and Merrimack streets that runs under the garage will be closed for about two months, diverting traffic around the block.

“It’s pretty new. I’ve been walking under it for a while,” said Julian Rossello. “It’s definitely embarrassing, but I understand, with what’s going on with the demolition of the parking lot.”

“Maybe that [will] take me five more minutes,” said LingXi Yen. “It’s a small inconvenience, not a lot.”

A call for a “dangerous and unstable work site” was issued at this same construction site at the Government Center garage in January 2022.

In addition to the road closure, a section of Sudbury Street will be changed from a one-way street to a two-way street until the demolition is complete.

With respect to the MBTA, no impact to bus and train service at Haymarket station is anticipated.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins