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Busy garage partially shut down because of falling concrete

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

A busy downtown Springfield parking garage will partially close down because pieces of the roof are falling down.

Nearly 400 drivers who use the Interstate 91 South garage across from City Hall and Symphony Hall will have to relocate.

All you have to do is walk inside and take a look overhead. You'll see crumbling concrete and deteriorating conditions inside the garage.

It's forcing drivers like Michael Laban, who works in nearby Monarch Tower, to park elsewhere.

"I'd be upset if I came in and had part of the highway on my car after a long day of work," Laban said. 

Until now, the Springfield Parking Authority has been using cones and tape to close off sections of the upper level.

For the past year, Interstate 91, which serves as the roof for the garage's upper level, has been slowly falling apart.

"We've been trying to compensate the tenant parkers who have sustained property damage," said Chair of the Board of the Springfield Parking Authority Mary Mcnally. 

Claims have been coming in from parkers whose cars have been damaged.

It's forcing the parking authority to take more drastic measures.

"We think it's in the best interest of our patrons ... to just close the whole floor," Mcnally said. 

Now parkers like Laban have been told to park elsewhere, like the nearby 91 North garage, until repairs are complete.

"Having to drive to other lots and not knowing where they are because I'm not overly familiar with the area may be harder to get into work on time every day, but we'll see how it goes," he said.

The Springfield Parking Authority has no timeline on when those repairs will be done.

The state Department of Transportation is in charge of the construction and they say they're close to finalizing a construction plan.

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