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Grandstand Roof Repairs Won’t Be Finished by Fair Time

Grandstand Roof Repairs Won’t Be Finished by Fair Time

Concert-goers crowd the Illinois State Fair Grandstand Track. 8/17/2013 Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Alex Degman

Repairs to the state fair grandstand’s roof won’t be finished by the time the fair begins.

“I suppose in a perfect world, everything would have been completed prior to the start of the fair,” said Illinois Department of Agriculture Spokesman Jeff Squibb. “It will be substantially completed before the fair.”

Crews started replacing damaged roof decking and beams Wednesday, it should be done by the end of next week. Crews will come back after the fair and install metal roof panels for that section.

A $60,000 dollar emergency contract was approved in May after crews found water seeping through, rotting joists and decking. Squibb says neither the state’s Chief Procurement Officer, nor the Capital Development Board, held up the repairs.

“The project has followed procurement rules,” Squibb said.

He says the repairs will be weather-tight and won’t affect any grandstand activities or concerts, some of which are sold out.

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