The Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) announced on Tuesday that it is closing the older parking garage at the Stamford Transportation Center, effective immediately.
After pieces of concrete fell form the third story to the second story last weekend the move was put in place as a safety precaution. There were no injuries and no damage to vehicles.
CTDOT will evaluate safety concerns related to deteriorating concrete conditions. The facility is 28 years old.
Commuters with daily parking permits can park in the adjacent, newer 1,200-space garage. Those without permits will be directed to other nearby facilities.
CTDOT has retained the engineering firm of H.W. Lochner Inc., to perform ground-penetrating radar and other testing of each parking level to ensure safety and stability. 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,” said CTDOT Commissioner James P. Redeker in a release.
Replacing the 727-space garage had already been part of a long-range CTDOT plan to rebuild and enhance the Transportation Center. The department had been cordoning off sections of the garage and making temporary repairs.
Working with the City of Stamford and Building Land Technology Inc. (BLT), CTDOT has 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.