West Parking Ramp to reopen, but winter weather delays repairs on East Ramp

January 3, 2014 | UToday
By Staff

All levels of the West Parking Ramp will reopen Monday, Jan. 6, after structural repairs were made during winter break.

Unfortunately, the recent snow and extreme cold have delayed the structural repairs in the East Parking Ramp, according to Daniel Klett, university architect in Facilities and Construction. The lower three levels of the ramp will be open for faculty, staff and students for the first day of classes in spring semester, but the top level will remain closed for at least two more weeks.

Portions of both parking garages have been closed since September when contractors conducting inspections as part of scheduled maintenance and repair work discovered the need for emergency repairs. Temporary emergency measures were implemented immediately and resulted in partial closures for the remainder of fall semester. More extensive repairs to address the underlying problems were scheduled for winter break.

The temporary parking lots, which the University constructed in response to the closures within the garages, are closed. These gravel lots were not designed for year-round use and cannot be maintained in winter’s inclement weather as required to ensure the safety of those using the lots, Klett said.

The temporary lots were Parking Area 13E on the former site of Dowd, Nash and White halls; Parking Area 19W between Douglas Road and Westwood Avenue, north of Oakwood Avenue; and Parking Area 20N on Westwood Avenue opposite Palmer Hall.

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