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Davidson County Parking Deck closed during BBQ festival

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LEXINGTON, N.C. -- A parking deck at a Lexington courthouse is closed Tuesday due to “structural concerns,” according to county officials. 

County manager Robert Hyatt said the three-level parking deck will be closed until further notice as engineers assess the situation. 

The concerns were first noted last week during routine maintenance work. Hyatt said county employees noticed concrete was cracking around some bearings. 

A structural engineer said the cracks needed further assessment, so county officials made the decision to close the parking deck as a precaution. 

Hyatt said even though the parking deck holds 300 spaces, the closure will not cause an issue for visitors during BBQ festival.

"The parking deck is one of numerous number of places where people can park ,so I hope it doesn't have an impact on it." Hyatt said.

Area businesses and banks will offer their parking lots to non-profit organizations to park visitors for a fee. There are also several shuttles that transport people from nearby locations, such as the Lexington Wal-Mart.

There was no estimate as to when the repairs would be complete. However, the architect who designed the structure is expected to assess the structure later in the week.

Meanwhile, employees and the public are able to park at the former Windstream Building on State Street. The building was recently purchased by the county.