Earl Coffey, Danville city engineer, gave a little shine to the pennies on the top floor of the city's new parking garage when he gave a tour Friday. The $6.5 million facility opened Monday to the general public.
The 2007 pennies located on each side of the abutments leading to the fifth floor are Coffey's signature on the building. As he stopped to polish one, he said the idea came from when he built bridges.
"The first superintendent I ever worked with, he explained to me, 'Always put a penny in it for good luck - on heads -and the year you built it,'" he says as he looks around with pride at the almost finished garage.
Construction began in December 2006. Each of the five floors has 86 spaces and one handicapped spot. Some of the parking is reserved. The second floor mainly is for general public parking.