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Parking authority closes Civic Centre Parkade

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The Winnipeg Parking Authority has announced the sudden and immediate closure of the Civic Centre Parkade after engineers declared the Princess Street facility suffers from structural-integrity issues.

Winnipeg's chief administrative officer and parking-authority managers made the decision Friday after reviewing a report by Croiser Kilgour & Partners Ltd.

Earlier this year, the parking authority asked the city to approve $606,000 in funding to conduct "critical short-term maintenance" on the parkade. Millions worth of long-term renovations had been placed on hold until the city decided whether to repair or replace the building.

That maintenance, however, has been replaced by a closure, the city announced Friday evening.

"Due to the age of the building, the city has been monitoring the parkade on an ongoing basis to ensure its structural integrity," the city said in a statement.

"As a precautionary measure and until the proper course of action can be determined, the parkade will be closed until further notice. Signage at the entrance will now indicate that the parkade is closed."

This closure doesn't affect Winnipeg Police Service vehicles parked in the underground levels of the parkade. But James Avenue will be closed between Princess Street and King Street in order to facilitate Winnipeg Police Service operations, the city said.

Motorists with passes for the parkade will be moved, the city added.

"The Winnipeg Parking Authority will notify monthly parkers over the weekend that as of Monday, Aug. 27, they will be redirected to the Millennium Library Parkade located at 251 Donald St. Transit buses will shuttle monthly parkers to and from city hall throughout the workday."

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