The older parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center is closed, effective immediately, so the Connecticut Department of Transportation can evaluate it after pieces of concrete from the third level fell to the second level.
Officials from the state Department of Transportation said there are safety concerns about deteriorating concrete and the problems were reported over the weekend of April 11 and 12. No people were hurt and no cars were damaged, according to the DOT.
Commuters with daily parking permits will be able to park in the newer 1,200-space garage immediately adjacent to the garage that is being closed. Those without permits will be directed to other nearby facilities.
The engineering firm of H.W. Lochner Inc. will test the facility and, once the testing is complete, plans will be developed regarding the future of the garage.
“Although some will be inconvenienced, we are taking this action to ensure the safety of all customers,” CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said in a statement.
DOT said part of their long-range plan includes replacing the 727-space garage to rebuild and enhance the Transportation Center.
In the meantime, sections of the garage are cordoned off as temporary repairs are made.
The DOT has also identified two alternate parking locations for non-permit holders -- BLT's lot at 406-424 Washington Boulevard, across the street from the Transportation Center; and a lot at 28 Bell Street, which operates a shuttle to and from the Transportation Center.