A project years in the waiting officially begins today as structural repairs to the six-story, 344-car Buchanan Street parking garage in Downtown Lafayette will get underway.

The garage was closed in October 2018 and was later declared a safety hazard by Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory in 2020 as corrosion damaged more than 50 percent of the steel beams and columns that support the garage's floors. That's according to a press release from Lafayette Consolidated Government, who also points out that approximately 200 panels held by several corroded hangers and weighing more than two million pounds were removed last year to reduce the load on the garage.

The $1.6 million approved by the City and Parish Councils in late February for the project repairs will go towards repairing steel beams and columns and installing crash-rated guardrails.

Repairs on the garage are expected to be completed in 9 months to 1 year.

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