June and July are shaping up to be eventful months for our parking garage expansion project. Beginning this week and running through the end of July, prefabricated modular sections of the new garage will be arriving on campus. Each 60- to 70-foot section will be delivered on a 90-foot truck using our construction entrance off of Seventh Street. We’re expecting about 10 truck deliveries each day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
These trucks will be staged off-site and come to the hospital campus one at a time. A crane will lift each section of the garage off of the truck and place it in position. Construction crews will assemble the section of the deck closest to the hospital first to provide a support structure for the elevator and stairwell (already under construction, you can see it on the right side of the photo above). Once this part of the deck is complete the other two areas will be assembled concurrently.
While we expect the prefabricated sections of the garage expansion to be in place during the last week in July (weather permitting), crews will spend approximately eight months working on sealing the deck, installing lighting and the elevator, and other finishing work. The garage expansion is on schedule to be complete early next spring.
We had hoped to have the new light at the intersection of Seventh Street and Emma Smith Drive operational at some point during the month of May, but some issues with the programming of the established signal at Seventh Street and Toll House Avenue prevented us from meeting that goal. The new signal is ready and waiting to be activated, but we need to wait for the City of Frederick to take care of these programming issues with the older signal before the two signals will work together. As soon as we’re sure the two signals will work in tandem we will activate the new light.