Downtown Auburn parking project on schedule

AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - Construction is well underway for Phase I of downtown Auburn's parking project and even with recent weather, the lot is set to open by football season.

"Most of the work that has been done is underground drainage, electrical, things of that nature. We have had some rain, so the project is probably a little behind schedule, but we're still expecting to be completed by the end of August, first of September," explains Assistant City Manager, Kevin Cowper.

The new lot will have an additional 75 spaces totaling 93 spots.

With phase I of the parking project, new automated parking kiosks have been purchased to do away with traditional meters.

The new kiosk will be easier to use for downtown patrons and ultimately save the city money.

"Each space will have a number on it. All you have to do is remember the number and when you get to the kiosk, you put that number in it, pay for the amount of time that you want, up to four hours and you're good to go. You can pay with coins, dollar bills or a credit or debit card," says Cowper.

Tuesday, the Auburn City Council approved a contract with Ventek International of California. to purchase seven parking kiosks for the new lot.

The kiosks, plus installation, will cost the city over $215,000, but officials do believe they will be paid off in five years.

"It is a significantly up front investment. We do believe that in the long run this system will be very cost effective. It will improve our enforcement and make it easier for people to comply with the parking meter."

Construction of Phase II of the parking project is set for the summer of 2014.

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