The Alewife Garage at the northwestern end of the Red Line in West Cambridge will restart its normal hours at 5 a.m. on Saturday, August 25, according to the MBTA.
A chunk of concrete fell on a car there on August 8, spurring partial and full closures of the facility—which, with approximately 2,600 spaces, is the largest of its kind in the MBTA system. The MBTA had reopened it on August 20, but kept it closed each day since from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. for inspections.
That downtime ends Saturday, August 25, when the garage resumes its normal round-the-clock hours.
The garage dates from the mid-1980s, and those who park there have complained about deteriorating conditions for a while, with transportation officials vowing upgrades as part of a general infrastructural improvement push following 2015’s particularly taxing winter.
The MBTA said in a statement about the garage’s full reopening that that infrastructure push continues. “[T]he MBTA is addressing the state of good repair backlog with the expectation the T will spend $8 billion over the next five years upgrading the system’s infrastructure, an increase of $5 billion over the previous five years.”