NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — The city’s nine public parking garages are marked for renovations this year, according to the New Brunswick Parking Authority.

The cost is expected to run more than $543,000, according to a resolution approved last night, May 24, by the authority’s Board of Commissioners. That number is in line with how much is typically budgeted—between $500,000 and $600,000—for annual restoration work, the parking authority’s executive director, Mitchell Karon, told TAPinto New Brunswick via email.

“Most of the repairs are the result of typical wear and tear within a parking garage,” he said.

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The lion’s share of the work will revolve around concrete spalling, sealant replacement and traffic membrane coating, Karon said. He said those fixes are “common repairs.”

Maarv Waterproofing submitted the winning bid.

The Clifton-based company’s offer proved to be the lowest of seven bids, according to the resolution. Losing bids ranged from $621,000 to more than $1.1 million, according to the document.

During the meeting, Karon touted the number of bids received by the authority. In a given year, fewer companies tend to submit offers for such work, he said.

Parking authority officials hope to meet with Maarv staffers next week.

The agency goes through a similar process every year, Karon said. The process begins when the board contracts with a structural engineering firm, whose staffers then assess each parking garage to determine the scope of required work, he said.