Damaged RiverCentre parking ramp in St. Paul to get $1.25M repairs

It comes after a chunk of concrete fell and hit a car in May.
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St. Paul has approved $1.25 million of repairs that will protect cars from falling concrete at the RiverCentre parking ramp.

The ramp, the most-used in the city, was closed down for more than a month after a huge chunk of concrete fell from a ceiling onto a car in May.

It has since been partially reopened after some remedial repairs, but will now be getting more significant safety measures after the city council approved the $1.25M spend at a meeting on Wednesday.

It will see the installation of netting in sections of the ramp that would stop any concrete from falling on vehicles or drivers.

The money will also be used to carry out concrete repairs on the ramp's first, sixth and seventh levels.

Long-term, the council wants a full overhaul of the 50-year-old ramp, and had requested funding from the state legislature to the tune of $58 million for the work this past legislative session.

The funding however didn't materialize in the agreed-upon bonding bills, though it did get a $5 million down payment on the project for future years.

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