COLUMBIA — A crew of four men began cleaning the parking garage at Eighth and Walnut streets at 4:30 a.m. Monday.
The entire garage will be closed for the week, with parking available in the new parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets for those who usually park at the temporarily closed garage.
Workers will begin cleaning at 4:30 a.m. each day and finish at about 5 or 6 p.m., said Bob Acton, equipment operator for the city parking utility.
Cleaning will consist of power washing the stairwells and windows, as well as buffing and scrubbing the floors to remove oil and grease. After being scrubbed, the lines in the garage will be repainted and signs will be replaced to improve the general appearance of the garage.
“It’s quite an endeavor, which is why we need the garage to be empty,” said Columbia Parking Supervisor Bill Lewis.
The cleaning will prepare the garage for its concrete resealing, which is scheduled to take place in June. Parking garages need to be resealed periodically to waterproof the concrete on the deck surfaces of the garage, said Ken Koopmans, transportation manager for the city.
“The last time this garage was resealed was in 1999,” Koopmans said.
The parking garage at Sixth and Cherry streets is also on the budget to be resealed this year. The parking garage at Tenth and Cherry streets was resealed last year.