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Farragut North station reopens

By Ann Scott Tyson
Mark Berman

The Farragut North Metro station reopened Thursday morning after closing Wedsday night when above-ground construction caused concrete to fall through a ceiling tile in the roof of the underground tunnel.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said technIcal difficulties had prevented Metro from posting the information about the reopening on its Web site.

The incident happened between 3 and 4 p.m., said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein. Metro workers roped off the area where the pieces of concrete fell, and restricted the size of trains allowed to stop at the station.

At about 8 p.m., the station was closed for a more thorough inspection of the strength of the ceiling, which was expected to continue through much of the night. Trains continued to pass through the station, however.

This week, city transportation crews using heavy equipment began installing a raised median on Connecticut Avenue between K and L streets to provide a "safe haven" for pedestrians crossing a long intersection, said Karyn LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for the D.C. transportation department.

For more information, go here.

By Ann Scott Tyson  | November 18, 2010; 5:43 AM ET
Categories:  Advisories, Ann Scott Tyson, Metro  
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Comments

Metro speaks as if this is a "surprisingly" new problem at the Farragut North station. The knew of the cracks in December 2009 and stated the station was safe -- now the concrete is falling.

Ceiling crack repairs delayed one week at Farragut North
By: Kytja Weir
Examiner Staff Writer
December 2, 2009
There are no plans to close the Farragut North Metro station entrance or platform during repairs to the ceiling, says Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. Repairs to cracks in the ceiling of the Farragut North Metrorail station were slated to begin early Wednesday, after work was postponed for a week until Metro could track down equipment to shore up the structure. Yet the train platform has remained accessible -- and will continue to be -- for riders entering the Red Line station from L Street Northwest in downtown Washington, according to Metro.

Posted by: alexm3 | November 18, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

The Metro system is literally crumbling.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 18, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

The Metro system is literally crumbling.

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 18, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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