Part of downtown parking plaza closed

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Catherine W. Idzerda
Friday, August 22, 2014

JANESVILLE—Part of the downtown parking plaza has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians, according to a news release from the city of Janesville.

Earlier this week, a civil engineering and architectural firm was doing an inspection of the plaza and discovered that a structual bearing beam had failed.

“A girder under the parking deck settled, and now the deck (in that area) is free-floating,” said Public Works Director Paul Woodard. .

The area is on the east side of the parking lot that extends over the Rock River between Milwaukee and Court streets.

The area had previously been blocked off from vehicle traffic and several picnic tables were placed there, said Woodard.

The picnic tables have been removed and people are asked to stay out of the area.

The city also is planning to restrict traffic using the parking plaza as a shortcut across the river. City officials are especially concerned about trucks violating the three-ton weight limit on the parking deck, Woodard said.

The Downtown Vision and Strategy Plan calls for the parking plaza to be removed by 2016 and replaced by a pedestrian bridge and structured parking on each side of the river, the news release said.

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