- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A year after two problem-plagued parking ramps opened in downtown Minot, the city continues to have concerns, both with operations and the pace of additional construction.

The city has spent millions of dollars more than expected on the Renaissance ramp and the Central ramp, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/2p57iDf ) reported. City Manager Thomas Barry said the developer’s plan for completing its portion of the construction was “getting closer, but not quite there.”

Barry said a preliminary financial review shows Minot is beyond its “not to exceed payment.”

The city has invested $1.2 million in the Renaissance ramp and $2 million in the Central ramp. The structures put the city’s investment at more than $6 million on the Renaissance ramp and nearly $7 million on the other.

“Some of that was related to work that was required in order to complete the structures,” Barry said.

He said contractors are also behind in completing exterior and alley work. He said there have been questions about the quality of the workmanship, “so we are working through those issues.”

Barry said the city will hold internal meetings over the next couple weeks to discuss the next steps in closing out the ramp projects.

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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