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Government Center project is on time, within its budget six-months in

A total renovation of the 116-year-old Government Center MBTA Station reached its six-month mark this week - right on schedule and within its budget.

Construction continues on the new Government Center MBTA station. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro Construction continues on the new Government Center MBTA station. Photo: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

A total renovation of the 116-year-old Government Center MBTA Station reached its six-month mark this week - right on schedule and within its budget.

Crews recently finished the demolition phase of the project, paving the way for the construction of a bigger, fully accessible T station that officials say will be worth the wait.

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"I really like this project. It just has such a huge impact on everyone," said Brian Howland, resident engineer for the MBTA. "This is the first major project in Scollay Square that has happened in over 45 years."

The project has stayed on track with its construction schedule and $82 million budget, according to Howland, who said it was no easy feat demolishing the old station.

"The builders have done a fabulous job at overcoming a lot of obstacles," he said. "Visually it's going to be absolutely beautiful; more than just a glass box."

The "glass box" Howland refers to is a 40-foot high glass head house that will be supported by beams that have already gone up at the City Hall Plaza site. The head house will feature tables and chairs, as well as new escalators and elevators. Mature trees will complete the picturesque vision of the new station.

"It's not only what it is going to look like, but how people will interact with the space," Howland said.

The station will be open and fully functional by spring 2016, but crews will add finishing touches through fall 2016.

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