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Durham Parking Deck in Danger of Collapse

Posted November 21, 2007

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— A public parking deck in Durham remains open despite cracks in 35 beams.

Engineers informed Durham's city manager about the problem at West Chapel Hill parking deck in late August.

“My first question was do we need to close the deck now yes or no,” Durham City Manager Patrick Baker said. “The engineer said you don't need to close the deck, but you do need to put up a notice.”

The city put up signs limiting the types of cars that can park in the garage.

“I think it needs to be fixed because I might come here in my car and fall right through,” driver Celatene Evans said.

Repairs are expected to cost $783,000 and take four months to complete.