What to Know
- The Alewife Station parking garage will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday after being shutdown over the weekend for concrete repairs.
- There will be no overnight parking starting Monday, and the garage will be shutdown again next weekend, Aug. 18-19.
- The MBTA announced last week that the agency was awarded a $5.7M contract to begin long-term repair work in September.
The garage at Alewife Station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will reopen Monday after being shut down over the weekend, the MBTA announced Sunday.
The MBTA says all levels of the garage will reopen at 5 a.m. after work crews spent the weekend making concrete repairs.
"The MBTA apologizes for the temporary displacement of parking spaces and appreciates customers' patience while the work took place," the transit agency said in a statement.
The garage was proactively closed on Friday out of an abundance of caution after pieces of concrete fell on a customer's vehicle on the garage's second floor on Wednesday.
During the weekend closure, crews addressed deteriorated concrete, inspected and covered expansion joints, and secured paths of travel for pedestrian and vehicle access to the garage.
Following repairs, an engineering and safety assessment of the garage was completed by MBTA personnel and an independent engineering consultant. They jointly determined that the garage is safe for use.
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In addition to this weekend's work, the MBTA will be enhancing monitoring of the garage's condition to ensure the safety of its customers and employees.
Starting Monday, Aug. 13, there will be no overnight parking at Alewife garage to allow for nightly inspections of ongoing repairs. Customers are asked to remove their vehicles by 1 a.m. each weeknight. The garage will reopen each morning at 5 a.m.
Following a week of enhanced monitoring and inspections, the MBTA is planning to close the garage again next weekend, starting with the end of service on Friday, Aug. 17, for a thorough follow-up assessment.
The transit agency announced last week that a $5.7 million contract was awarded to begin long-term repair work in September that will include repairing beams, patching concrete decks, re-caulking deck joints, and cleaning and flushing the existing drainage system.