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The Town of Canton has been informed that a stop work order has been put in place on the Canton Junction ramp and stair improvement project. A state building inspector has explained the work on the pedestrian overpass was stopped because Keolis, the Commuter Rail Operator, did not obtain the required building permits from the state to repair the structure. The state inspector reviewed several code issues on the pedestrian overpass with Canton Building Commissioner Ed Walsh. Some issues are a violation of the Massachusetts State Building Code and others are violations of the Architectural Access Board. Trip hazards exist on the site on both stairways and accessible ramps; openings on walkways exceed four inches. Ponding is occurring on the accessible ramps, and trip hazards exist where the walkways have not been maintained.
It is clear that the Commuter Rail Operator, Keolis, has failed to secure building permits prior to commencing construction which has left the state with no option other than to stop the work until permits could be obtained and a plan to remediate all of the code violations that have been created is in place. Canton has been given no time frame for the remedial work to be completed. The Selectmen’s office has received many complaints about this project which began last year. The Board of Selectman has contacted Representative Galvin who has been helpful in getting information about the closure. The Governor’s office has been contacted as well. The Town will keep the public informed when it knows more and will keep pressure on the state and the MBTA to have the project completed expeditiously.