Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections announces the temporary closure of the RiverCentre Ramp

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2018
Contact: Laurie Brickley
Cell: 651-302-1950
laurie.brickley@ci.stpaul.mn.us

Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections announces the temporary closure of the RiverCentre Ramp

Temporary closure follows an incident in which a piece of ceiling concrete measuring 3 feet by 2 feet fell and partially damaged a parked vehicle the evening of May 16

SAINT PAUL, MN – The Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections announced today that the RiverCentre Ramp will be temporarily closed following an incident in which a piece of ceiling concrete measuring 3 feet by 2 feet fell and damaged a parked vehicle. The incident occurred on the evening of May 16th. No one was injured, and following the incident, the affected area was immediately closed.  

“The City of Saint Paul has determined that further assessment of the RiverCentre Ramp is in the best interest of our residents,” said Ricardo Cervantes, Director for the Department of Safety and Inspections. “While the City has performed monthly inspections and maintenance of the ramp, this temporary closure will allow us to conduct a more comprehensive study to mitigate incidents like this in the future.”

“Effective immediately, I have instructed Director Cervantes to close the RiverCentre Ramp until a more comprehensive assessment can be completed,” said Mayor Carter. “This incident underscores the critical condition the ramp is in, and the urgency with which we need to build a new ramp to serve the 2.1 million visitors it serves each year.”

The RiverCentre Ramp was built in 1970. The City of Saint Paul has spent more than $15 million in the last 18 years on repairs and maintenance.

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