Phoenix parking garage in downtown Lexington to reopen Wednesday

bfortune@herald-leader.comMay 10, 2011 

Mayor Jim Gray said the Phoenix parking garage, which was closed Sunday night after a 28-foot-long concrete panel fell from the structure, will re-open at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Two structural engineers have examined the garage and concluded that the problem was isolated to a structural steel beam weakened by corrosion. No one was injured by the falling concrete.

Three parking spaces on the second level of the two-story garage will remain closed on recommendation of an engineer. The spaces are next to the missing panel. The space is blocked with a temporary railing.

In addition, two drive-thru lanes on the first floor will be closed. The steel beam that failed is above these lanes, which are used by the employee credit union.

The 30-year-old, two-story garage is on Vine Street, near the intersection of Vine and Limestone. City employees and state employees from the Property Valuation Administrator's office routinely park in the garage. There are also metered spaces for the public and a few spaces set aside for downtown businesses. All motorists can resume parking in the garage on Wednesday.

Reach Beverly Fortune at (859) 231-3251 or 1-800-950-6397, Ext. 3251.

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