YORKTOWN — Parts of the parking deck at Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown are temporarily closed after a crack was recently discovered in one of the structure’s support beams.
The crack, which was first spotted on Wednesday, happened “very suddenly,” York County spokeswoman Gail Whittaker said.
“We have people coming in and out of this garage all the time and there was nothing wrong, and then a citizen noticed it,” Whittaker said.
When the crack was discovered, authorities closed off the terrace to allow a structural engineer to inspect it, while firefighters were called in to shore up the beam. Officials still don’t know what caused the crack to appear.
Currently, the upper level of the garage is closed, while parts of the lower level are restricted. According to a recent update on York County’s Facebook page, officials anticipate that use of the parking deck will be restricted for at least 90 days.
With the parking deck partially out of service, Yorktown lost about 100 to 120 parking spaces, though Whittaker doesn’t expect that to make too much of a difference to visitors.
“We actually have 1,000 hard surfaces [parking] spaces,” she said. “That’s one of the reasons we have our wonderful streetcar system here in Yorktown that stops at parking lots around town to transport people to the waterfront or to the various historic attractions. … Some people may park in another space that they are not as familiar with and then get the cart down.
The Yorktown Trolley, which is air-conditioned, operates seven days a week. From May 27, hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Sian Wilkerson, [email protected], 757-342-6616