USM to begin construction of parking garage

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi will begin construction of a $14 million multi-level parking garage later this summer.

According to Mike Herndon, director of procurement and contracting services at Southern Miss, the parking garage will be located behind Bond Hall, along Fourth Street.

The garage will hold 1,200 spots to accommodate Southern Miss commuters.

Before construction can begin, Herndon said the university needs to receive approval from the IHL board during their June meeting.

If all goes well, Southern Miss will be the first public university in the state with a multi-level parking garage.

Officials hope the garage will be completed and operational by the time Century Park opens across the street in the fall of 2010.