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Charlotte parking deck used same material as failed deck in Cherokee – WSOC Charlotte

by: Elsa Gillis
Updated: Jun 13, 2017 – 10:29 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charlotte Area Transportation System employees are asking to vacate a parking deck so that an engineer can come in on Wednesday to determine if it’s safe for them to continue using.

As employees pulled out of the parking deck Tuesday, many of them were unsure as to why they were being told to move their cars.

An employee, who asked that she not be identified, shared with Channel 9 the message she got from the transit system.

“It says please remove your vehicle from the North Davidson lot until further notice,” the employee said.

A CATS official confirmed they found out that some of the construction material used to build the Charlotte parking deck was also used in another failed parking deck in Cherokee, which may have been caused by faulty materials.

“It really does concern me. You know, I thought maybe they were going to tear it down and build a new one, but you know now that I find out why,” the employee said. “I’d rather them do that, tear it down and build it up with safer materials.”

Officials said that about 200 employees use the secured deck and are now being asked to park in a guarded lot across the street.

“Fix it. Fix it and make it safe because there’s a lot of drivers that park here,” the employee said. “It’s inconvenient, but it’s also for safety reasons and I totally understand. I’ll do what I got to do.”

CATS officials said this is all precautionary and that there is no evidence the parking garage is compromised.

“Safety first,” the employee said. “I’d rather be safe than have something happen to me or my car.”

While CATS officials said they learned about the potential safety hazard Tuesday, they wouldn’t say when the failure in Cherokee happened.

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