Falling concrete at station might have been prevented

March 29, 2013
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FOREST HILLS—The loose concrete that recently fell at the Forest Hills Station might have been prevented if an inspection report had been heeded.

In early February, loose concrete was removed from the ceiling at the commuter rail platform at the Forest Hills Station, which is located in the southern section of Jamaica Plain near the Casey Overpass. That came on the heels of concrete falling from the ceiling on Jan. 29. No one was injured in either incident.

The Gazette recently filed a Freedom of Information Act request with Amtrak, which inspects and makes repairs to all the physical infrastructure in the Southwest Corridor, for the latest inspection report of the station.

The inspection report that the Gazette obtained, dated Nov. 30, 2012, states, “areas of loose concrete over [track] # 2 center of platform, should remove.” The report also lists water and ice at joints and exposed rebar as problems.

Amtrak referred questions to the MBTA.

“It appears that the recommendation should have been handled more appropriately,” said MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo. “Corrective action is being taken.”

Pesaturo told the Gazette last month that the area in question is safe.