City Desk

Metro: Red Line Stations Could Close for Six Weeks, But Decision Still Pending

There is a chance that a portion of Metro's Red Line—specifically the Friendship Heights and Medical Center stations—could completely shutter for up to six weeks for repairs, but a Metro spokeswoman said Friday afternoon the agency is not close to making any decisions.

Water is coming inside the stations from outside, and fixing the problem will require dredging and related repairs. NBC4 first reported that these repairs could force an unprecedented shutdown of service on the line for the full period.

Spokeswoman Morgan Dye says Metro is exploring a number of potential scenarios to fix the affected stations, including a shutdown, but final engineering designs are still pending.

"That is a possible scenario, but it is not one we etched in stone yet," she says.

Photo by stevebott via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

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