City reopens Cumberland Plaza garage
The City of Clarksville reopened the Cumberland Plaza garage at 133 Commerce Street on Thursday, December 30, after it closed in July as a safety measure due to possible structural damage observed.
Neely Engineering was hired to perform structural evaluations and load tests. The Cumberland Plaza garage has been tested at double the minimum rated load required by code for 24 hours. The results of testing and analysis were positive and indicated that the garage is viable for continued safe use.
As an added safety measure, Neely Engineering’s test protocols, results and analysis of conclusions were then carefully reviewed for accuracy by K&S Engineering, another structural engineering company tasked with rechecking all the results and conclusions of the tests found by Neely Engineering. K&S Engineering agreed with Neely’s conclusions.
“Since the garage was closed due to possible structural issues, out of prudence and for the safety of the public, we felt that an additional assessment before the garage reopened was necessary,” said John Hilborn, head of city project. “Based on the findings of two separate structural engineering companies, I am confident to reopen this structure for public use. “
Minor repairs to preserve and restore the garage were also addressed when closing the garage, such as fixing crumbling concrete, broken wire rails, and sealing cracks above the garage columns.