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SMS Parking Garage Construction Begins


Construction on a new parking garage at Southwest Missouri State University begins next week...And today, university officials, Springfield Mayor Tom Carlson and Congressman Roy Blunt turned the first shoveful of dirt on the project. KSMU's Missy Shelton reports.

THE INTERMODAL TRANSFER FACILITY, AS ITS KNOWN AT S-M-S, WILL COST ABOUT 18 MILLION DOLLARS.

THE UNIVERSITY HAS RECEIVED ELEVEN MILLION DOLLARS IN FEDERAL FUNDING.

THROUGH INCREASED FEES, STUDENTS WILL HELP PAY PART OF THE COST.

CHRIS CURTIS IS THE PRESIDENT OF THE S-M-S STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCIATION.

HE SAYS BUILDING THIS FACILITY WILL HELP MAKE CAMPUS SAFER FOR STUDENTS WALKING TO CLASS.

THE NEW PARKING FACILITY WILL BE LOCATED AT THE CORNER OF HOLLAND AND GRAND.

THE PARKING GARAGE WILL ACCOMODATE MORE THAN 12 HUNDRED VEHICLES.

GENERAL FRED MARTY, VICE PRESIDENT OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES AT S-M-S SAYS PARKING HAS ALWAYS BEEN AN ISSUE OF CONCERN FOR S-M-S.

HE SAYS DON LANDON DISCOVERED THAT WHEN DOING RESEARCH FOR HIS BOOK ON THE UNIVERSITY'S HISTORY.

CONSTRUCTION IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETE IN JANUARY OF 2006.