TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A portion of Fulton Street in the city of Troy will be closed for three to four months for the demolition of the Uncle Sam Parking Garage. The closure began at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Fulton Street between 3rd and 4th Streets will be closed to vehicle traffic. The sidewalk on the north side of Fulton Street will be closed to pedestrians. The sidewalk on the south side will remain open; however, intermittent closures are possible during the early phases of the project.

In July 2021, the Uncle Sam Parking Garage closed indefinitely after structural concerns. In the meantime, garage permit holders have either been parking on the streets or in city garages. For decades, the privately owned garage was the place to park if you were heading to Downtown Troy, especially on the weekends for the Farmers Market. It wasn’t until April of this year when some deconstruction started. Before the closure, the city has received numerous complaints regarding the garage.

“The Uncle Sam Parking Garage was constructed in 1974, it has been privately owned for about 12 years now. The owners decided to move forward with the removal with this structure here in Downtown Troy,” said John Salka, Director of Communications with the City of Troy.

Drivers are asked to drive slowly and observe detours, and residents should take note of posted parking restrictions. Businesses in the vicinity of the closure will remain open and accessible.