MBTA Updates on Alewife Garage Repairs (9 Responses)

MBTA ANSWERS QUESTIONS POSED BY REPRESENTATIVE DAVID ROGERS

From Representative Rogers, passing on responses from the MBTA, August 15, 4PM

Will – I have just heard back from the MBTA with some answers to written questions I posed. Perhaps you already know some of what they told me, but in the interest of keeping you informed of everything that I am learning, I offer the following. 

The first thing I asked about was the current planned timeline, particularly regarding the total duration of the project. Aside from any urgent short-term repairs, the construction on the larger project is scheduled to start in September which I already knew. But again the expected duration is what I wanted to know. I now have been advised that the project will take approximately 21 months.

Next, I asked about the functioning of the garage during construction. The MBTA expects the garage will remain open during the reconstruction, but with some parking spaces unavailable. I pressed them for more detail and was advised that the contract with the company undertaking the repairs specifies that at no time will more than 120 parking spots be offlineThat is about 5% of parking capacity according to their numbers.  I expressed to them that 5% is actually fairly substantial. And frankly, we’ll see if they can really hold the line on that number.

Next I inquired about the MBTA’s commitment to help find replacement parking. At this time they told me that will not make a specific commitment  to find replacement parking.  But on further questioning, I learned that they have sent a team out in an attempt to identify areas that could serve as replacement parking during construction.  I believe they are talking to the owners of the nearby privately owned parking lots to explore possible options.

I also asked that they not raise the parking fee, particularly while the construction lasts. I was told that the T’s General Manager is now considering amending the initial fare increase plan.

ALEWIFE STATION PARKING GARAGE TO REOPEN ON MONDAY

From the MBTA, August 12, 7:49PM

Enhanced monitoring will result in no overnight parking on weekdays

Garage to shutdown weekend of Aug. 18-19 for follow-up assessment

Following the weekend closure of the Alewife Station parking garage, work crews were able to address areas of concrete deterioration, which will allow all levels of the garage to reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.

Out of an abundance of caution, the MBTA proactively closed the garage on Friday, Aug. 10, to allow crews to expedite concrete repairs and to conduct a comprehensive engineering assessment.

During the weekend closure, crews were able to address additional areas of deteriorated concrete, inspect and cover expansion joints where appropriate, and secure the paths of travel for pedestrian and vehicular access to the garage.  Following completion of the work, an engineering and safety assessment of the garage’s condition determined that the garage is safe for use.  Both MBTA personnel and an independent engineering consultant conducted the assessment.

In addition to this weekend’s work, the MBTA will be implementing further measures to enhance monitoring of the garage’s condition, and 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 engineer to conduct nightly inspections to monitor ongoing repairs.  The MBTA is urging customers to remove their vehicles before the end of regularly scheduled MBTA service each weeknight.  The garage will reopen each morning at 5 a.m.

As an additional safety precaution, following a week of enhanced monitoring and inspections, the MBTA is planning to close the garage next weekend, starting the end of service on Friday, Aug. 17.  This closure will allow for a thorough follow-up assessment.

The MBTA is in the process of developing a long-term plan for the garage, and in early July, solicited bids for an Alewife Garage Structural Repairs contract. Under a $5.7 million contract awarded last week, work will begin in September, and will include repairing beams, patching concrete decks, re-caulking deck joints, and cleaning and flushing the existing drainage system.

Addressing the state of good repair backlog is a priority for the MBTA and 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.

The MBTA apologizes for the temporary displacement of parking spaces and appreciates customers’ patience while the work took place.

The MBTA will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available at www.mbta.com/alewife and @MBTA.

MBTA ANNOUNCES WEEKEND CLOSURE OF ALEWIFE GARAGE

From the MBTA, August 10, 2:05PM

The safety of its customers and employees is the MBTA’s highest priority. Today, the MBTA is announcing that out of an abundance of caution, the Alewife garage will be closed through the weekend to allow for continued repairs and a comprehensive engineering assessment.

Through ongoing assessments and repair work, additional areas of deteriorated concrete that need to be addressed have been discovered. As such, the garage will be closed over the weekend to address these areas and to expedite the repair plan.

Today, engineering teams are focused on ensuring a safe path of travel for vehicles exiting the garage throughout the day.

The MBTA is in the process of developing a long-term plan for the garage, and in early July, solicited bids for an Alewife Garage Structural Repairs contract. Under a $5.7 million contract awarded yesterday, work will begin in September, and will include repairing beams, patching concrete decks, re-caulking deck joints, and cleaning and flushing the existing drainage system.

Addressing the state of good repair backlog is a priority for the MBTA and 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.

The MBTA apologizes for the temporary displacement of parking spaces and appreciates customers’ patience while the repair work advances.

While Alewife garage is closed this weekend, the MBTA is encouraging customers to consider other parking facilities including: Wellington, Oak Grove, and Riverside.

The MBTA will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available at www.mbta.com/alewife and @MBTA. The MBTA also encourages customers to sign up for T-Alerts.

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MBTA UPDATE ON ALEWIFE GARAGE REPAIRS

From the MBTA, August 9, 8:40PM

From the MBTA — an update.

Engineering assessment and spot repairs to continue Friday and through the weekend, if necessary

Ongoing work will result in continuing temporary net loss of 500 spaces

The safety of its customers is, and always will be, the MBTA’s top priority. Following the recommendations of an engineering assessment of the Alewife garage, the MBTA will continue to assess and make spot repairs to concrete overnight and throughout the day on Friday, and into the weekend, if necessary.

While the location of the spot repairs will shift within the garage, the repair work will continue to require the temporary net reduction of approximately 500 parking spaces.

While work remains ongoing, the MBTA is ensuring a path of travel is maintained for customers to access the remainder of the garage that is open for use.

The MBTA is in the process of developing a long-term plan for the garage, and in early July, solicited bids for an Alewife Garage Structural Repairs contract.

Under a $5.7 million contract awarded today, work will begin in September, and include repairing beams, patching concrete decks, re-caulking deck joints, and cleaning and flushing the existing drainage system. These repairs and improvements will allow the garage to remain open while the MBTA develops a long-term plan for parking at Alewife Station.

The MBTA apologizes for the temporary displacement of parking spaces and appreciates customers’ patience while the repair work advances.

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Globe Story

August 9

Portion of garage closed due to falling concrete

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