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Alewife garage to reopen Monday after a weekend structural assessment

The MBTA’s Alewife garage is expected to reopen Monday at 5 a.m., after the structure was closed for the second weekend in a row to allow officials to conduct an assessment of the structure’s condition during ongoing repair work.Joanne Rathe/Globe Staff

The MBTA’s Alewife garage is expected to reopen Monday at 5 a.m., after the structure was closed for the second weekend in a row to allow officials to assess its condition during ongoing repair work.

But the garage will continue to be closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. daily so inspectors can monitor the repairs, the MBTA said on its website.

On Aug. 8, a piece of falling concrete damaged a car in the garage, and parts of the structure were closed for the following two days. The entire garage was closed the weekend of Aug. 11 for further repairs.

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When the garage reopened Aug. 13, a section of the second floor was blocked off.

MBTA officials spent the past weekend conducting a follow-up assessment of the garage’s condition. The agency did not release an update on Sunday, spokesman Joe Pesaturo said.

In an e-mail Sunday, he said all levels of the garage will be open Monday. He did not immediately respond to a follow-up question about whether all parking spaces would be available.

The MBTA expects to make a decision Monday on whether to close the garage this weekend, Pesaturo said.

The garage is the largest of its kind in the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority’s system, with about 2,600 parking spaces.


John Hilliard can be reached at john.hilliard@globe.com.