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Parking garage under Westmoreland County Courthouse closed for significant structural issues – CBS Pittsburgh

GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – The garage below the Westmoreland County Courthouse is showing signs of significant structural issues and is closed as of Wednesday morning.

A recent technical investigation prompted county commissioners to take emergency action to excavate the underground structure and repair it immediately, a job that will cost $7 million.

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“It’s time to tackle deterioration. They couldn’t tell us if it would collapse and if it would collapse, when it would collapse,” Westmoreland County Public Works Director Greg McCloskey said.

The recent study showed that years of humidity and salt have compromised the stability of the parking lot.

Westmoreland County said it would make up for the loss of parking spaces by leasing some 170 spaces from the city of Greensburg in its parking facilities.

“There’s no better time to work on this,” Commissioner Sean Kertes said.

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It’s going to be a major project that’s literally in the middle of Greensburg.

“It’s going to be a major inconvenience, but we hope to get there in six months,” Commissioner Gina Cerilli Thrasher said.

Greensburg Newsstand’s Al Lydic said the parking lot project was fine with him as long as desperate drivers looking for parking don’t decide to commandeer what he paid for.

“I depend on these two spots that I rent out for clients. If I have to fight people who want to park there and run to the courthouse, that’s going to be a problem,” he said.

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Emergency repairs begin Wednesday.

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