Major setback for Amsterdam subway project

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Amsterdam's mayor has halted construction on the city's new subway line after an accident damaged the foundations of nearby buildings, causing their floors to buckle and plaster to fall from the walls and ceilings.

Job Cohen has stopped work on the difficult project through the soggy ground of the historic city center after a breach in a retaining wall endangered six buildings.

Around 20 residents spent Wednesday night with friends or in hotels. Cohen said Thursday they will likely not be able to return home for months.

Cohen said it was unknown how long the project will be delayed and at what cost. It was originally scheduled for completion in 2013 and budgeted at $2.4 billion.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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