What's going on here? Courthouse parking maintenance project is just the start

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Jim Leute
Sunday, June 8, 2014

JANESVILLE—Anyone recently trying to park in front of the Rock County Courthouse found out it's not possible.

That's because the county has been doing maintenance on the top deck of the parking structure.

“It's all about keeping the parking deck together,” said Rob Leu, head of the county General Services Department. “It's routine maintenance in the life cycle of the parking structure.”

A couple of years ago, the county tightened flange plates below the top deck, which eliminated some of the bounce motorists felt as they drove across the deck. Crews also recaulked several seams to combat leaks to the parking level below.

This year, the county is replacing sections of concrete, sealing seams and filling cracks damaged by salt and water from tough Wisconsin winters.

Weather permitting, the barricades and signs prohibiting parking in front of the courthouse should come down today.

But they won't go far, as the crews will start the three-week process on the parking structure at the top of the hill behind the courthouse.

Starting Tuesday, parking will be limited to the front lot and side streets and prohibited in the upper, east lot, Leu said.

“This is just something we have to do every few years,” he said.

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