USM gets over a 1000 new parking spaces

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)- Parking is about to get a lot less hectic at Southern Miss, the new multi-level parking garage off of fourth street is finally finished.

The building has five floors with 1,150 parking spaces. The garage, which took a little over a year to complete, will have an official opening ceremony Thursday morning. USM Officials said, the garage is open to the public, which means, anyone with a decal won't get their car towed. Chief of Police Bob Hopkins said, the garage was built with safety in mind.

There are ten code blue phones, which can be used if anyone in the garage feels threatened at anytime. Two are on each floor, there are also 50 surveillance cameras as well as emergency phones in the elevators. The University also made sure the building would be well lit.

Hopkins said, "I think not only is it placed in the proper location for being easily accessible, it's going to be used quite a bit by all segments of the campus community. There are a lot of unknowns, being our first parking structure, so we are going to be monitoring it for additional services we may need to provide for it."
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