Rhode Island Ave. Station reopens

Falling chunks off the ceiling of one of Metro's oldest stations is forcing it to shut down even longer.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - The Rhode Island Metro Station reopened at noon on Sunday, Sept. 4, according to Metro.

The station was originally scheduled to be closed until 7 a.m. on Monday, to allow for additional inspection after two incidents of falling concrete, Metro officials said.

Early investigations showed the two incidents do not appear to be related to structural deficiencies, according to Metro. However, it has ordered a full inspection by a third party to ensure the safety of the station.

Red Line trains will bypass the station and riders are advised to seek alternate routes. Free shuttle buses are being provided between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland Stations.

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Metro said that early Thursday, personnel reported small pieces of concrete falling from the station ceiling. This was the second report in two days. 

On Wednesday, a metal bracket and small pieces of concrete fell from the station ceiling about 20 feet away. Repairs were made overnight and the station opened Thursday morning. 

"[I'm] not frustrated just a little inconvenienced," said one woman as she was about to board a shuttle bus to the Brookland station.

Riders told WUSA9's Larry Miller that their morning commute increased by 30 minutes or more.

Metro said crews will inspect the station mezzanine, platform overhangs, columns, and beams. They will remove and replace all loose concrete.

Finally, Metro said crews will install safety netting along the entire length of the station and install safety netting in the bus loop area of the station to protect riders.


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