Salem Advances Major Improvement Project at Downtown Parking Garage

Funding request for $1.1 million upgrades project going before City Council.

The City of Salem is moving forward on a major improvement project aimed at upgrading conditions in the Museum Place parking garage, which provides over 900 spaces of parking in the center of downtown Salem. The work builds on a comprehensive engineering assessment of the facility completed in 2018 and follows on previous substantial investments in new automated kiosks and gates, new stairwells, new lighting, and new elevators.

The upcoming phase of work is principally focused on addressing long-standing water infiltration problems and other necessary repairs. A funding request for the $1.1 million project will come before the City Council on February 13th and, pending its approval, the City anticipates work commencing by late March, with completion expected by around the end of June 2020.

This project focuses on the first level of the garage and consists of:

  1. Removal and replacement of all sealant joints and expansion joints.
  2. Installation of expansion joint bellows around the stair towers.
  3. Installation of waterproofing sealant membrane.
  4. Repair of concrete spalling.
  5. Restriping of markings.
  6. Removal of existing concrete parking stops and replacement with composite stops.
  7. Flushing storm drainage pipes.

As part of the project the City will also carry out the design phase for the next round of improvements, which will take place on other levels of the garage. A separate project to install security cameras throughout the garage has already been funded and is currently going through design and procurement. The work for this phase of the project will largely be funded by a capital bond that will be paid for by parking revenues. Should the funding be approved and work commence, during the approximately three months of the project the first floor of the garage will be temporarily closed for parking, either in full or in part at times. Parking will remain available on the upper floors.

“The Museum Place Garage provides essential long-term parking downtown for our employers, customers and visitors, and also residents during snow emergencies,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “In addition, water infiltration issues have been a source of frustration for the merchants who have spaces in the mall below the garage. I’m hopeful the City Council will approve this funding so this important work can advance on scheduled. It will help extend the useful life of the garage and protect the small business owners who are mall tenants.”

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