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.
Publish date:

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.

Next Up

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.34.43 AM

Watch: Drunk squirrel in Minnesota captures the world's attention

The squirrel was immediately cut off after nearly tipping over.

Screen Shot 2020-11-25 at 7.15.09 PM

Small town gym refusing to close facing lawsuit from attorney general

The gym is facing a lawsuit and a temporary restraining order to halt their operations.

credit card, payment

Money Gal Coaching: Bouncing back after living your best life

Kelly Blodgett started Money Gal Coaching after paying down nearly $50K in debt in 18 months.


When do stores open on Black Friday this year?

Many major retailers will be open Black Friday, some for extended hours.

police tape, crime scene

Man found dead outside home near Cass Lake

The man was reportedly shot outside the property.


Gov. Walz announces $1M in grants to boost Minnesota tourism

The money will be used for marketing efforts to attract people to Minnesota's hard-hit tourist spots.

coronavirus, ICU

Nov. 25 COVID-19 update: 72 deaths ties Minnesota's single-day high

A COVID-19 update will not be provided on Thanksgiving Day.


Revival to open its fourth Twin Cities location

The fried chicken and smoked meat maestros are moving to St. Louis Park.


Falling concrete closes RiverCentre ramp in St. Paul

This past week, city leaders have called for $58 million in state funding to repair the ramp.

Speed limit

Signs start going up for new 20 mph speed limits in Minneapolis, St. Paul

The speed limit will be 20 mph on city streets, unless otherwise stated.

Police investigating death of man found in St. Paul parking ramp

The man was found unresponsive on Monday evening.


Watch: The highlights from Red Bull Flugtag in St. Paul

Tens of thousands lined the Mississippi River

The St. Paul raccoon becomes a merchandise opportunity

There are also efforts underway to immortalize the critter with a plaque.

St. Paul raccoon is safely caught– after making it to the top of the tower!

Social media has been agape as the critter climbed the 20-story UBS tower.

Nightmare I-494 interchange to be improved under MnDOT plan

Some are unhappy the 4 new projects announced are all close to the Twin Cities.