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Simcoe parking garage in downtown Peterborough reopens July 18

The Simcoe Parking Garage is located above the Peterborough Transit Terminal at 190 Simcoe Street in downtown Peterborough. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

After nearly 13 months of closure, Simcoe’s parking garage in downtown Peterborough will reopen at 6 a.m. Monday (July 18).

As part of the garage rehabilitation work, the City of Peterborough has installed a new automated parking control system, which is expected to be operational on August 2. Parking at the 190 Simcoe Street structure will be free for all customers between July 18 and August 2. .

The new automated parking control system includes barriers controlling entry and exit from the garage. Customers will receive their ticket at the entrance and must have it validated before leaving the car park. Validated tickets inserted into the machine on exit will raise the gate arm for the vehicle to exit the parking lot.

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Customers have several options for paying for parking and having their ticket validated.

They can pay by debit or credit card at the exit machine by inserting their ticket at the exit door. They can also pay before going to the exit gate using the automatic pay stations located in the car park (there is a 15-minute period after a ticket has been validated for customers to return to their vehicle and proceed towards the exit door). New signs are installed to guide customers to payment terminals, which are fully accessible.

Customers paying in cash can insert their ticket at the new cash desk located on the lower level near the elevators and the walkway leading to the transit platform (the cash desk also accepts payment by debit or credit). There is also a new payment terminal on level 2A, near the rear stairwell, which only accepts debit or credit for parking payment and validation of parking tickets before exiting.

Customers can also pay for their parking using their HotSpot account. HotSpot readers are provided on all pay stations so customers can activate the portals using their phone.

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Monthly pass holders will be given a new proximity card or can get an RFID tag to put on their windshield, which will automatically open the gates when entering and exiting the garage, as long as their monthly pass is active and renewed before the beginning of the following month.

A deposit will be required for new proximity cards or RFID tags, which will be refunded when the customer no longer requires a monthly pass. Parking staff will contact current monthly pass holders to arrange for new passes to be issued or customers can call the Parking Division at 705-742-7777 ext. 2802 to purchase a monthly pass.

After the free parking period between July 18 and August 2, parking rates remain unchanged and the first hour of parking is free.

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Work began in June 2021 for a full rehabilitation of Simcoe’s parking garage and the culvert that supports Jackson Creek below the garage.

Work on the garage included replacing the waterproofing system at all levels, repairing deteriorated concrete, painting the entire garage, replacing the asphalt on the ground floor east of the structure parking lots, replacement of damaged parking ramps and completion of contrast painting of stairwells for better accessibility.

The Simcoe parking garage was built in 1974 and underwent a major rehabilitation program between 2002 and 2005. A structural review in 2013 identified the need for repairs, and the first phase was completed in 2016 An updated structural review in 2017 confirmed the second phase of rehabilitation work to replace the waterproofing system and repair deteriorated concrete.

The project has been postponed to 2021 to allow the project to be coordinated with work on the Jackson Creek culvert under the parking garage to provide cost savings and minimize disruption to the parking garage.

Work on the garage and culvert was carried out by Brook Restoration Ltd. at a cost of $4.5 million.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins