The project, awarded to Q & D Construction for $574,000 in February, is expected to take two months to complete.
“It’s just something that needs to be done to expand its useful life,” said city spokesman Adam Mayberry. “It’s a good time to do it now when it’s not during the especial events season.”
Only half of the spots — some 40 spaces — on the surface level will be available for parking during the construction, Mayberry said. The remainder of the garage will be closed.
The garage entrance will be temporarily relocated to Ninth street. Repairs include draining improvements and reconditioning the garage pavement.
According to city staff reports, the garage, which was build in 1987, is in overall good shape but cracks causing water to leak from floor to floor need to be repaired to prevent further damage. On an average day, the garage is used by local merchants and by people who work nearby, leaving it mostly empty. It fills up, however, during event season when the city hosts visitors during Hot August Nights, the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off, Fourth of July fireworks shows and other special events, Mayberry said.
“On an average day, it’s only people who do business downtown or work downtown who use it. It’s never at capacity,” Mayberry said.
The project is part of the city’s Capital Improvement Plan and will be paid out of the Capital Projects Fund. A report done in 2008 showed that the service life of the garage would be cut short if drainage in the center of the structure was not corrected.
The drains are easily plugged and there is no curb at the center of the building to keep water from overflowing from floor to floor. Once drainage issues are corrected, the top surface of the parking decks should be sealed to prevent moisture and chloride intrusion, according to the report.
Funding was available to do most of the work recommended in the engineering report. The ground floor will be sealed with a standard deck sealer. The city accepted as much work as it could fund that would “greatly extend the life of the parking garage and do a much better job of protecting the post tension tendons,” according to the staff report.
The city received seven bids that ranged from $346,300 to $513,380. Six of the seven bidders were disqualified for failing to list themselves as the performing contractors for portions of the work as now required under state statute.