More than £200,000 is being invested into two multi-storey carparks in Dudley borough as part of essential maintenance.
Ryemarket carpark in Stourbridge and Pool Road carpark in Halesowen will remain open during the work.
Dudley Council carried out a routine inspection on the two multi-storey carparks, which were built in the 1970s, and identified the need for strengthening and repair work.
Engineers have started the work in Halesowen which is expected to take several months to complete. Stourbridge work is expected to start in the next few weeks and will include an extra £38,000 to repair the leaking roof which has had an impact on the lift operation.
Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said:
This is essential work to make sure our multi-storey carparks remain open and safe for people to use.
Stourbridge, in particular, needs a lot of work to also deal with the leaking roof, which is why I have asked for extra resources. Over recent weeks the leaking roof has stopped the operation of one of the lifts servicing the car park, which we know is used regularly, and we hope to have this fully operational after the work to the roof is completed.
However, we need a longer-term solution to ensure everything is in full working order for many years to come.
I have also asked for the carparks to remain open during the work to minimise the disruption for motorists as much as possible.”
Spaces will be made wider to accommodate newer styles of cars, which may lead to a small reduction in spaces.
Councillor Shakespeare added:
These carparks were designed in the 1970s, so inevitably we are at the stage where they need to be repaired. Not only that, they were not designed to cater for larger modern vehicles.
As part of this work we will also be reviewing spaces, making them wider so people have more room to park, which will reduce the risk of damage due to the tight spaces.
Once this work is complete I am sure people will benefit from the extra room and improved access to our town centres.”
Engineers will be cordoning off areas of the car parks before repairing and strengthening the floors, ceilings and columns.
All businesses will be open as normal.