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The parking garage is closed after three beams cracked on the upper deck

Wheeling, W. Va. (WTRF) – The Center Wheeling parking garage is now closed to vehicles and pedestrians.

The garage which was originally built to hold 853 vehicles was only used by 35 to 40 nowadays, and only on the lower floors.

Then last week it had to be closed.

Wheeling City Manager Robert Herron said the former Valley Professional Center next to the garage is being converted into a new police headquarters. In the midst of construction, a problem arose on the upper deck of the parking garage.

The contractor used the parking structure to access the various floors of the police headquarters project, including the roof. Even if they had permission to do so, we believe the weight of one of these vehicles caused three of the beams on the upper level of the parking structure to crack to a point where we thought it would safer to close the parking structure. entirely.

Robert Herron, Wheeling City Manager

Herron said the garage is closed for the foreseeable future.

It will be reviewed by engineers. Based on their findings, Herron explained that the city would decide to do one of three things: rehabilitate the structure, partially demolish it, or completely demolish it.

He hopes the lower levels can be reopened in the coming weeks.

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Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins