Sections of a parking garage on North Maple Avenue in Greensburg have been closed until the city can repair damage to a concrete ceiling.
City Public Works Director Tom Bell said he was notified last week that concrete shards had fallen from the ceiling of the lower level of the Dr. Robert W. Queale Lot’s garage on the block. houses between Otterman and Pittsburgh streets.
No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, Bell said.
He attributed the problem to salt damage over the winter, causing the concrete to spall. Spalling occurs when a concrete surface peels, breaks, or peels.
“There’s no danger of it collapsing, but it’s something we have to sort out,” Bell said of the damage. “We will be hiring a contractor to do the repair. It will probably be a 10 day process.
Until then, the parking spaces at the north end of the garage have been cordoned off to prevent any injury or damage to cars.
This means that 13 spaces on the lower level and four spaces on the upper level are temporarily prohibited.
City officials said all displaced motorists who rented spaces in the garage have been moved to nearby metered locations until the repair is complete.
Since the repair must be done immediately, in the event of an emergency, Bell said the city would likely hire a contractor without having to go through a bidding process.
He said he was checking the availability of Carl Walker Construction, the contractor working on the $7 million reconstruction of the one-block underground garage at the Westmoreland County Courthouse.