T closing Alewife garage over weekend
More concrete problems surface; getting vehicles out a concern
THE MBTA SAID on Friday that it uncovered more problems with deteriorated concrete at its Alewife garage and plans to shut down the entire facility over the weekend “to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment.”
The transit agency said its priority on Friday would be for its engineering teams to ensure “a safe path of travel for vehicles exiting the garage throughout the day.”The T’s decision to shut down the facility came after a chunk of concrete on the second level fell on to a car earlier this week. No one was injured, but the incident drew attention to the parking garage’s structural problems. In the wake of the incident, MBTA officials shut down the second level, taking 500 spaces out of commission. Now the agency is shutting down the entire, 2,500-space facility.
A T press release said the agency was taking the action to shut down the facility over the weekend out of an abundance of caution, but the ongoing problems suggest the MBTA is facing serious safety issue. The T said it is developing a long-term plan for the garage, suggesting it might have to be completely overhauled or shut down.