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Farragut North Station closed

By Ann Scott Tyson and Clarence Williams

10:10 p.m. Update: Farragut North will stay closed for the rest of the night, Metro said. Red Line trains are passing through the station. Metro did not say when the station would reopen.

7:56 p.m. Update: Farragut North is now closed, according to Metro. Shuttle buses have been requested.

(To see [admittedly grainy] photos from inside the station, go here.)

7:52 p.m. Update: A Metro employee and a transit police officer told the Post's Ann Scott Tyson that Farragut North will be closed as soon as officials can clear the station of people. Tyson said they were told they will be able to board the next train.

7:40 p.m. Update: Metro Assistant General Manager Dave Kubicek told the Post's Ann Scott Tyson that "D.C. crews were working up above and they penetrated the station."

Asked if it was going to take a while to fix the problem, Kubicek said, "Absolutely."

Construction recently started this week on a raised center median on Connecticut Avenue NW between K and L streets -- a safety improvement. The work was scheduled to be completed by mid-December.

7:30pm: The southwest Connecticut and L entrance is open.

7 p.m. Update: Due to crowding at Farragut North, you may want to try one of the next stations on the line, Dupont Circle or Metro Center.

6:55 p.m. Update: The Post's Lisa Rein reports that no eight-car trains are stopping at the station and that the platforms are extremely crowded.

Original post: Metro spokesman Reginald Woodruff said construction work going on outside of Farragut North Station, unrelated to Metro, has caused small pieces of concrete or other materials to fall from the ceiling to the platform near Track 2 on the Connecticut and L Street side of the station.

"The area of the station involved is now closed to the public" he said, adding that no injuries have been reported. "Metro safety and structures personnel are on site investigating," he said.

DC Fire / EMS spokesman Pete Piringer reported no injuries. He said some concrete fell, apparently caused by construction, and there are inspectors looking at the concrete. He said traffic has been shut down on Connecticut Ave between K and L streets.


Some not-great-quality photos from inside the station; in the bottom one, you can make out the hole in the roof. Do you have photos of the madness in the station today? If so, and you want to share them, e-mail them to us.

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By Ann Scott Tyson and Clarence Williams  | November 17, 2010; 6:48 PM ET
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Comments

It's taken a full year for them to make absolutely no progress on the crack in the ceiling. (See http://wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=4158) Wonder just how long it will take for them to fix this one? Or better yet in true Metro fashion we'll shut down half of the station (or the whole station) for an extended period. Anyone want to place a bet?

Posted by: Razor04 | November 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Oh and the best part of the press release that I linked to is Metro claiming the repair would only take two weeks. I know unforeseen complications can arise but come on...a whole year!

Posted by: Razor04 | November 17, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

All I have to say is, that's kind of scary to see work crews having penetrated the station from the street! Hopefully temporary repairs can be made quickly to get things going again, and then complete repairs make it good as new in no time...

Posted by: SchuminWeb | November 17, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Well, this just about sums up the total disaster that is Metro.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | November 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

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