Workers are nearing completion of a six-level parking garage at the West Falls Church Metro station. The garage will nearly double the spaces available at the station, which has a high demand for additional commuter parking.

When the $13 million garage is completed early next year, the 950 new spaces will bring the capacity at West Falls Church to 2,012 spaces. Parking will be $3.75 on weekdays, payable with a SmarTrip card only.

The structure is located on the existing surface parking lot, which is on the south side of Interstate 66 near the station pedestrian bridge entrance. The garage was funded by the state.

During construction, commuters have lost about 360 spaces, but additional parking has been available at two temporary, permit-only satellite lots served by shuttle buses.

Under the watchful eye of resident engineer Joseph G. Heines III, top center, a 17-ton, concrete "light wall" -- so called because it is specially crafted to allow daylight into the garage space -- gets lifted into place, ready for welding by Danny Young, top right, and other iron workers. The six-deck structure at the West Falls Church Metro station is expected to be ready to take commuters' cars by early next year.