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Emergency repairs to Greensburg’s Maple Avenue garage estimated at $155K

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Emergency repairs to Greensburg’s North Maple Avenue parking garage could cost about $155,000 and could take about six weeks or more to complete.

Public works director Tom Bell told city council this week that Carl Walker Construction, a firm that specializes in parking garage projects, is slated for the work. The company already is working on the $7 million reconstruction of the underground garage at the Westmoreland County courthouse, just a block away.

The small two-level Dr. Robert W. Queale garage, on Maple Avenue between Otterman and Pittsburgh streets, has been partially closed since July 20, when city officials were alerted to some crumbling concrete that fell from a cavity in the ceiling of the lower level.

No one was injured and no vehicles were damaged, according to Bell.

Since then, 13 spaces on the northern end of the lower level and six spaces on the top level have been taped off, with motorists who leased any of the affected spaces relocated to nearby on-street parking.

In addition to the cavity, Bell said, the repairs will fix seams in the ceiling where signs of spalling are beginning. Spalling occurs when a concrete surface peels, breaks or chips away.

“They’ll saw-cut those areas out, replace those and make it a little bit thicker,” Bell said.

He said the project also will repair a support column that has signs of cracking around it, where “tension rods are starting to fail,” he said.

The situation isn’t like a parking lot that collapsed into an underground storage area last week in Penn Hills, Bell said.

“There is no issue of (the Greensburg) garage falling in. Overall, it’s in OK condition,” Bell said.

With some additional repairs that aren’t as critical and a program of ongoing maintenance, the garage should have a remaining lifespan of 20 years or more, he said.

The projected work schedule of six weeks “could be less,” Bell said. “It all depends on what they run into. They won’t know until they open (the concrete) up.”

At its voting meeting next Monday, council is expected to act on an emergency declaration, allowing the city to hire the contractor without using a bidding process.

Street paving to start

Work is set to begin this week on the city’s street resurfacing project, with Donegal Construction handling milling and Derry Construction applying new asphalt paving.

Though weather conditions could change plans, Bell said the initial schedule calls for milling to begin Tuesday on McLaughlin and Park streets, Wednesday on Hempfield Street and Thursday on Pennsylvania Avenue, between Pittsburgh and Third streets.

Those areas are to be paved the following week, while milling will begin on sections of Alexander, Spring and Washington avenues.

”We’ll keep traffic going as much as we can,” he said.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jeff by email at [email protected] or via Twitter .

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