Allocated parking spots closed last week.
By Zaida Diaz, Staff Writer
Selected areas of Valley College’s new parking lot were closed from Thursday, Nov.13 through Saturday, Nov. 15 due to re-installment of speed bumps.
“The speed bump installation is scheduled in phases in order to maximize access to the garage and minimize impact to students, faculty and staff,” said Coby King of the Los Angeles Community College District Building Program.
According to Valley’s website, the ramp from the third floor, fourth floor and roof was closed from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the roof would remain closed till 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13. On Friday, Nov.14 only the ground level was open for parking and on Saturday, Nov. 15, the ground level was closed from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
McCarthy Construction’s project engineer, Cameron Kilar, explained that the reason for the re-installment of the speed bumps was the adhesive from the glue, PL Glue, which was initially used, was not sticking well enough to the rubber speed bumps therefore were being replaced on all floors.
The construction workers had to take out the speed bumps from all levels of the new parking structure and then scrape the glue off them.
This time around, a two-part adhesive spread was applied onto the same speed bumps.
The building program affiliate assured that no further charges would be made to Valley. “The budget for the parking structure was $20.5 Million. There is no additional cost associated with the speed bump installation.”
Some closed off sections were also due to repairs being made on the concrete slab due to a height clearance issue which, according to King has been resolved. There were no reports of damaged vehicles. “The Program Management Office is not aware of any complaints from students or others about car damage due to any work at the parking garage.”
“The repairs to the slab are planned to be completed in the next few weeks,” said King. “Speed bumps are not related to the repairs on the slab.”