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LOCKPORT – The threat of falling masonry from the outside walls of the Niagara County Courthouse has caused a row of parking spaces and a stretch of sidewalk to be cordoned off, officials said Thursday.

Richard W. Eakin, deputy public works commissioner for engineering, said a quote of about $13,000 has been received from Lupini Construction of Utica for a quick fix, with extensive repairs expected in the spring.

“They’re going to come in and stabilize it until we can put it out to bid,” said Robin DeVoe, deputy public works commissioner for buildings and grounds.

Eakin said a freeze-thaw cycle resulting from moisture entering the stone has caused the threat of falling mortar. He said the Utica company will remove all the stone blocks from the affected area, label and store them and use a roofing membrane to cover the space until the weather improves. He said the timing of the emergency repair is unknown due to the cold, because the caulking to be used won’t stick if applied in temperatures below 10 degrees.