Scaffolding at Binghamton parking ramp installed for precaution

By Conor Mooney

December 3, 2013 Updated Dec 3, 2013 at 7:48 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) You may have noticed scaffolding on the corner of the Collier Street parking ramp. Mayor Matthew Ryan says it was put in place as a precaution.

The city received a letter from a third party expressing concern with the ramp.

An evaluation didn't produce any major concerns but did reveal some structural issues and problems with the mortar on the four corners which is why the scaffolding was installed.

Ryan said that the concerns are minor, and an evaluation was scheduled this in the near future anyway.

He also asked drivers to report problems if they see any.

"We do admit that the report said we have to start looking at the next year and whether or not we're going to do major renovations," said Ryan, "Eventually the life of that ramp is going to run out if major repairs aren't done"

Ryan said that the scaffolding is just temporary until work can be done in the Spring.

Financing the project will fall on Mayor Elect Rich David.

A consultant is expected to look at all three ramps downtown by the end of the month for further analysis.