The City of Rockford Water Street Deck, at the northeast corner of Water and East State streets, suffered a significant structural failure today when an 18-inch by 12-foot section in the second level collapsed, leaving debris and concrete on a vehicle parked in the lower level.
The pavement failure was directly attributed to the age of the 35-year-old deck, which was scheduled for demolition in the fall of 2014.
City crews, replacing light bulbs near the deck were the first to notice the collapse and notified Public Works officials immediately.
City inspectors were on the scene shortly after the collapse and have condemned the structure. The 29 individuals that hold parking permits for the lot have been relocated to the Rockford Register Star parking lot off of Madison Street. Some of the permit holders with more limited mobility will be allowed to park in the main lot of the Rockford Register Star.
Individuals holding the permits for the Water Street deck will be granted a grace period for the remainder of the week if forced to park on the street for longer than the defined time frame.
Parking limits will be enforced again the week of Aug. 25, 2014. Only individuals displaying a permit for the Water Street Deck will be granted the grace period.
Guests visiting downtown are encouraged to utilize the parking available on State Street and surrounding streets. City-owned surface lots can be found on the east end of State Street, Madison Street, and behind Hall.
City Market festivities are not expected to be significantly disrupted Friday, Aug. 22.