JFK/UMass Columbia Road entrance to reopen before end of week, T says

MBTA workers were still making repairs to the pedestrian walkway at JFK/UMass Station on Monday morning. (Gintautas Dumcius photo)

The Columbia Road entrance to the JFK/UMass MBTA Station, closed since Nov. 20, could reopen before the end of this week, according to the T.

The station was closed over the weekend to Red Line customers as repairs got underway. Shuttle buses ran between Ashmont and Broadway Stations, as well as between North Quincy and Broadway.

The station was open to customers on Monday morning, but the Columbia Road entrance and the pedestrian walkway were still closed.

Several workers could be seen squeezing themselves under the walkway and atop the roof of the Braintree-side platform. An orange Home Depot bucket sat nearby.

“After crews finish up some remaining work the next couple of days, the MBTA anticipates opening the pedestrian bridge before the end of the week,” a T spokesman said in an email to the Reporter on Monday.

The MBTA abruptly closed the walkway in November, citing “structural” concerns.

JFK/UMass Station serves the Dorchester and Quincy legs of the Red Line, several bus lines and three commuter rail lines.

Separately, a staircase leading to Sydney Street, on the southern end of the station, has remained closed for months.

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