University Hospital Parking Garage Closed for the Summer

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COLUMBIA - Visitors and patients of University Hospital have to find other places to park this summer.

As of May 19, the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage next to University Hospital is closed for the summer.

The structural maintenance of the garage includes replacing the canopy between the hospital and the Physicians Medical Building and weatherproofing the entire garage's surface.

This is the first time in about 15 years the garage has been completely closed because of maintenance.

"The idea here is if you complete all the projects, all at one time, certainly the whole garage is closed for a little bit longer, however, in the long run, instead of there being on-going projects for a whole year, it's three months and then it's done," Media Relations Coordinator Jeff Hoelscher said. 

Officials chose the summer to complete the project because traffic is less intense and more parking is available with students gone.

In addition to Parking Structure #7 and other surface parking around the hospital, level three of Tiger Avenue Parking Structure has been reserved for visitors. 

The third level of Tiger Avenue Parking Structure makes up for the 400 parking spots lost with the closure of the Patient and Visitor Parking Garage.

"It's just in a different location and it's also a little bit further away so that's why we've utilized a shuttle service for our patients and visitors," Hoelscher said.

The hospital has eight shuttles available for use including two handicapped accessible shuttles.

The shuttle services run from 5 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. on weekdays.

The entire maintenance project is projected to take 90 days and finish up around August 15.

(Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the misspelling of visitor.)