Parking garage elevator set for state inspection
Authority expects new lift service to open Friday
The new elevator in the Altoona Transportation Center parking garage is scheduled to undergo state inspection Thursday, and should be operational the next day, according to Altoona Parking Authority Executive Director Patrick Miller.
“There’s no reason to think it won’t pass,” Miller said at a recent authority meeting.
Elevator service for the garage has been unavailable since last fall, when the replacement project began.
The authority replaced the old elevator, which was original with the 1980s garage, because of increasingly frequent breakdowns and the difficulty of finding parts.
Some of those breakdowns required extractions of trapped customers, and freeing them sometimes damaged the equipment, Miller said previously.
The replacement project cost $238,000.
It included installation of electric panels, addition of a new emergency generator and accessibility ramps where elevator users enter and exit onto the garage floors.
A late addition to the project, via a change order, was replacement of smoke detectors, which were found recently not to work. New ones cost $5,000.
Why were they so expensive, a board member asked.
The replacement involved wiring work, Miller said.
The city allocated $200,000 in Community Development Block Grant money last year for the elevator project. The Parking Authority covered the remaining amount with money from a 15-year loan it took out recently that will also pay off prior debt.
There was $1,300 left in the CDBG allocation to help cover the cost of the change order, Miller said.
The authority was responsible for paying the rest, he said.
Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.