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Parking Garage Project

Repairs that will extend the lives of Washington Road’s South and North parking garages will take place this spring and summer, says Mark Quealy of the parking office. On May 4, the first two floors of the 305-space South Garage, which has been in operation since 1965, will be closed to the public. Drivers will enter the garage off Washington Road and exit on the third floor down Municipal Way and onto Florida Avenue. Signs will be posted and the cashier temporarily relocated to the third floor.

The elevator from the third floor to the sixth floor (Washington Road exit) will operate 24-7. Pedestrians who use the garage to access Washington Road can enter from the stairway off Municipal Way and take the elevator to the sixth floor walkway.

Nathan is the contractor for the project, which began last summer. Repairs in both garages will be made to the beams, columns and decks, and at the South Garage, to the cathode protection system that reinforces the concrete.

The South Garage repairs should conclude at the end of June, says Quealy. after which the contractor will move to the 269-space North Garage. At 21 years old, the North Garage is the newer garage, but it still needs proactive repair work.

The work at the North Garage will be neither as extensive nor as disruptive as at the South Garage. Ingress and egress will remain the same as usual, but there will be some disruption in traffic patterns. Quealy expects the North Garage project to conclude by September 20 or 21.

Permit holders have been offered off-street parking permits for use if either garage is filled.

Watch for updates here and in summer issues of mtl.