Rhode Island Ave. Station to remain closed through Sunday
WASHINGTON, D.C. – According to Metro officials, the Rhode Island Avenue Metro Station will remain closed through the end of the day on Sunday, September 4th. Between now and then, WMATA will conduct a top-to-bottom inspection, as well as make any repairs that need to be made. This announcement comes after two incidents of falling concrete and a metal bracket.
The station will reopen and normal service will resume on the Red Line when Metrorail opens at 7 a.m. Monday morning. Until then, customers should find alternate routes or allow for additional travel time. Red Line trains will bypass the station and free shuttle service will be available between Rhode Island Avenue and Brookland stations.
WMATA says that the metal bracket and concrete that fell on Wednesday night was used to fill a gap between a support beam and the escalator support frame. The bracket did not serve as a primary structural support, the bolts securing the bracket most likely deteriorated due to environmental elements. After repairs were made overnight, station personnel reported pieces of concrete falling from the station ceiling on Thursday evening.
In the time that the station will be closed, Metro plans to utilize tall cranes and man lifts, as well as scaffolding and other equipment to aid work crews in their inspections and repairs.