City Council Feb. 11 unanimously approved authorizing the city's director of public service to enter into a contract for repairs to damaged portions of the city's three parking garages.

Concrete and masonry repairs to the Blue Parking Deck at 2035 Old Town Loop, the Red Parking Deck at 2052 Front St. and the Green Parking Deck at 2318 Second St. are expected to cost an estimated $100,000, according to a budget information sheet released by the city's finance director. Last year's cost was $102,774, the budget sheet said. The money was budgeted in the Capital Projects Fund.

"It's routine maintenance," said Tony Demasi, the city's engineer, adding that work will include overhead sprawl repairs, waterproofing decks, masonry replacements, and tuck-pointing. "The damage to the decks is typically weather related," he said, noting that Blue Deck was built in 1977, the Green Deck in 1980 and the Red Deck in 1991.

Bids on the project will be opened on Feb. 20, Demasi said. Work will begin in April, he said, and end in mid-September.

Approximately $85,000 will be spent on repairs to the Blue Deck, Demasi said, and around $15,000 on the Green Deck.

The Red Deck is included in the project to be repaired on an as-needed basis, he said.

Parking lots adjacent to the parking decks will be repaired in the next five years, Demasi said.

"We held off to concentrate on industrial parks," he said. "If we complete [repairs on] those in 2013, then we will jump on parking lots in 2014."


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