Durham County to repair dangling courthouse letter

07/29/2014 5:24 PM

07/29/2014 5:44 PM

Workers will repair the letter A on Wednesday after a routine maintenance check of the new Durham County Courthouse found the letter on the building’s facade was damaged.

The county’s General Services Department cordoned off the space below the dangling aluminum letter Tuesday to keep those entering and exiting the building safe.

To repair the letter, 42 inches high and 3 feet wide, a crew will use a 60-foot lift.

“Once the rented lift is delivered tomorrow, a 3-inch bolt will be used to re-affix the letter to the brick building,” Motiryo Keambiroiro, director of the General Services Department, said Tuesday.

Each of the lightweight aluminum letters has three 3-inch bolts to secure it. Only one bolt was damaged on the letter A.

The Durham County Courthouse, at 510 S. Dillard St., opened in February 2013. It houses the Durham County Sheriff’s Office, Clerk of Courts, District and Superior Courts, Public Defender’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, and Trial Court Administration. Representatives from Community Corrections, Criminal Justice Resource Center, and Juvenile Justice and offices for community agencies are also located in the building.

The 11-story location includes 20 courtrooms and a five-level parking deck with 897 spaces.

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