Staff Opinion – Campus Construction takes away parking

Stephanie Williams

Several construction jobs and renovations on campus have lead to a decrease in available parking for students and faculty.

“This is the first year we have ha a real parking problem,” said Danny Smith, Associate Vice President for Physical Plant, “We lost a lot of spaces because of construction.”

Some of those parking spaces included the Cross and Jones parking lot, the band parking lot, Russell Long Boulevard and parking at The Box.  Beginning next semester, a new parking lot with over 225 spots will be added where the Old Fine Arts building once stood. With this parking lot, WT will have more parking spots.

Remember walking is an option. Also, students can be picked up at the First United Bank Center every ten minutes and then shuttled to campus.  Parking at the FUBC is free and does not require a parking permit.

“As we begin to get the lot done we will start to open it up slowly for residential parking, but don’t expect that for at least another eight weeks,” Smith said.

Along with the new parking lot, the new freshmen dorm, Centennial Hall, is under construction as well. This underclassman dorm will relieve some of the housing issues that have been seen this summer.

“This is the busiest we (the Physical Plant) have ever been,” said Smith, “but we are updating the campus in a much needed way.”


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