Wheeling officials are seeking bids for concrete repair at the city parking garage at 22nd and Market streets.
The project won't require a complete shutdown of the garage, though portions of it will be off-limits at various times as work proceeds, according to City Manager Robert Herron. The structure, situated atop Wheeling Fire Department headquarters, spans an entire block of 22nd Street between Market and Chapline streets and is located near Ohio Valley Medical Center and the city's Centre Market.
Herron said the garage is safe, but an engineer earlier this year recommended repairs to keep some of the beams inside the structure from deteriorating. He noted the structure was built during the 1970s and has undergone minor renovations, but nothing as extensive as the proposed project.
"This is to make sure that we keep up the garage and it lasts another 30-40 years," Herron said.
A mandatory pre-bid conference is set for July 16 at the garage, with a bid opening set for July 25. If all goes as planned, work should begin by late August, Herron said. He did not know how long the repairs would take.
Herron declined to speculate on the cost of the repairs while the bid process is ongoing.
The project will be funded through revenue generated at city parking facilities, including the one in Center Wheeling and the Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Center and 10th Street garages, both downtown.