PITTSFIELD -- A temporary closure of upper level of the Columbus Avenue parking garage will begin today.

The lower level will remain open.

City officials announced this week that a condition survey conducted by the firm Desman Associates showed that further structural analysis of the ramp and second level is required, and that will be done on Monday.

Mayor Daniel L. Bianchi said the firm did not recommend closing the ramp and upper level immediately, but he wanted to err on the side of caution.

He said the firm supported the decision to close the sections until a more detailed analysis can be completed on Monday.

Bianchi also said he has spoken with local state lawmakers as part of an effort to speed the release of $6 million in state funding earmarked for the parking garage so it can be repaired or replaced.

While the garage is partially closed, a total of 156 permitted parking spots will be affected, officials said, and spots in Lot 1 on Melville Street and in the McKay Street parking garage are part of a plan to alleviate the shortage.

For more information, check the city’s website at http://www.cityofpittsfield.org/news_detail_T3_R291.php


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