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Janesville closes section of parking plaza

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Marcia Nelesen
July 11, 2012

— The city this morning was expected to close about 50 of the 246 parking stalls on the aging downtown parking plaza over the Rock River after a routine inspection Tuesday found possible structural damage.

“Based on the initial report, we felt that it would be better for us to close it temporarily while it’s further evaluated,” City Manager Eric Levitt said.

If damage is confirmed, the discovery could have a far-reaching consequence because the plaza is 50 years old. The city doesn’t expect the state Department of Natural Resources would allow reconstruction.

The city figured it would demolish the plaza sometime in the next decade.

Levitt said the cost of repairs would have to be weighed against the remaining life of the plaza.

The city’s inspection consulting company was performing its biennial inspection when it found the structural concerns.

This morning, city workers were scheduled to closed off about 50 parking stalls until a more complete inspection and structural evaluation is completed, according to a city news release.

The closed stalls are in the northeast corner of the structure.

The inspection and evaluation are expected to take a few weeks to complete.

Additional parking, if needed, is available in city parking facilities at River and Court streets, River and Milwaukee streets, along the 100 block of South Main Street and in the Parker Drive parking ramp.



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