Roof Removed-Lanes Opened

A large crane is used to remove large sections of the failed roof of Recreation Building on Second Street early Wednesday evening. By Friday morning both lanes of Second Street were again open to traffic. The street there has been closed down to one lane since roof troubles were first spotted in mid-August, but surrounding businesses have remained open. A long, single façade installed in the 1950s that incorporated three building into one has also been removed. The westernmost building, which housed a bowling alley, had its roof fail, with thick beams snapped nearly in two, following a heavy rain in August. Robert Ward, owner of Custom Design & Construction, said Monday afternoon, “the superstructure’s gone and half the roof is gone. I’m looking up at blue sky.” The roof has now been fully removed, and after some cleanup a temporary “floor roof” to protect the remainder of the building will be installed to allow water to drain off into the alley as it should, Ward said. The building’s owner, the Columbia Gateway Urban Renewal Agency, is paying for the $80,250 job at the moment. Its insurance agency has not made a determination for coverage of the loss.

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