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Engineers study Miami-Dade Courthouse cracks

Erosion in basement columns discovered by court personnel
January 30, 2014 01:30PM

Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Miami-Dade County Courthouse

Engineers are undergoing tests to determine the cause of basement column cracks in the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

The county’s Internal Services Department hired an engineering firm to study the structural deterioration of the 73 West Flagler Street building over the next 45 days, Miami Today reported. Court personnel had discovered problematic signs, including water intrusion and incidental cracks.

Stress tests, which range from ultrasound, x-ray and remote visual inspections, are being conducted.

The courthouse basement is primarily used for storage and a small amount of parking. Court officials say there is no danger for anyone who currently uses the courthouse. [Miami Today]Eric Kalis