Salem's new parking lot on bridge street will open earlier than expected, the city announced Friday morning.
The 120-space temporary surface parking lot at Universal Steel, 297 Bridge St., will now open to the public ahead of schedule, on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Parking in the lot, which is located a short distance from the Salem MBTA commuter rail station and the downtown, will be free - with just one exception.
Salem High School Music Fundraiser
Starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27, and at noon on Oct. 31, volunteers from the Salem High School music program will be at the lot collecting $15 per car for parking on Oct. 19, 20, 26, and 27 and $20 per car for parking on Oct. 31.
All of the proceeds will go to the band’s efforts to raise $100,000 by Feb. 1 to pay for drums, uniforms, and instruments.
On all other dates the lot will still be free to park.
The adjacent lot, formerly Alpha Auto Sales at 295 Bridge St., was leased this spring by the City to provide an additional 30 spaces and is also available for parking.
Parking in that lot will also be at $15 per car for the Salem High School band on the dates listed above, $20 per car on Halloween, and otherwise is free.