New parking spaces added for fall semester
Contact: Tonya Lowentritt
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University has reconfigured and expanded some of its parking areas to provide short term parking relief this fall while construction progresses on the new three-story intermodal transportation center adjacent to Strawberry Stadium.
The new facility will add more than 400 spaces when it opens next spring; meanwhile, parking improvements will provide 100 additional slots for the upcoming fall semester, university officials said.
“We are excited about long-term changes now within sight that will provide tremendous relief for campus parking strain,” said President Randy Moffett. “Until those come to fruition, we have worked diligently to provide expansions and additions that will ease that strain.”
Parking configuration for the fall semester can be viewed online through Southeastern’s new interactive campus map, available at www.selu.edu/map.
New student parking locations include the former site of McKneely Hall behind the Pottle Music Building Auditorium; the site of former sand volleyball courts next to the old Livingston Hall parking lot; an area east of the University Counseling Center/Facility Planning (Old Police Building); and an area south of the city fire station on North Oak St. at the old Student Government Association car wash area.
Parking lots near Zachary Taylor Hall and the North Campus textbook rental facility are being reconfigured to include more spaces, while 26 visitor parking spaces will be added to the North Campus Main Building lot.
In November, the university will begin a pilot run of a new campus shuttle program that will be fully launched in the spring in conjunction with the opening of the new transportation center. During the pilot, at least two shuttle buses will make loops around campus with strategic drop-off/pickup locations.
Based on recommendations of the university’s traffic and parketing committee, vehicle registration fees for the 2007-08 academic year will be $35 for students, faculty and staff. The $10 increase is the first in more than a decade and will help defray the cost of maintaining the infrastructure of all campus lots and roadways.