Springfield Officials Working to Fix Crumbling Garage
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Chunks of concrete missing from the ceiling, and bits of it strewn all over the parking garage is evidence that the parking garage along I-91 south is in shambles.
“Because I have a newer vehicle, I’m afraid one of these days I’m going to find a chunk of concrete on the hood or something. But I think my primary concern is that possibly they could run out of capacity,” said Michael Gagnon. “I hope it’s fixed and replaced promptly. It’s a parking garage I use all the time,” Chris Pierson expressed.
One of our viewers sent pictures to us last week, frustrated with the condition of the garage.
It’s why city officials met with the MassDOT and Springfield Parking Authority to figure out what they’re going to do about the hazardous situation.
As cars go by on 91, you can actually hear the beams shaking, and feel the glass shaking. It’s part of the reason why the Springfield Parking Authority has blocked off more than 140 spaces there.
It’s up to the state to fix, since the roof of the garage sits right under the highway.
“Right now we have to deal with the situation that’s at hand. They call it sheathing or they do the netting. So they’ll start repairs immediately, and we want to make sure they’re safe and sound,” adds Mayor Domenic Sarno.
More than 100,000 cars travel on 91 daily. This issue also highlights the matter of safety along the highway.
“Obviously upkeep of 91 has to continue. Eventually, down the road, the revamp of the 91 viaduct,” Mayor Sarno explains.
For now, the city’s parking authority is moving folks who typically use these spots to other areas.
The parking authority says repairs are supposed to begin tomorrow at 7 a.m. The upper deck will be closed during that time.
Additional spaces will be open at the 91 North Parking Garage.