Parking ramp constructionto cause change in rates

Fairview-University Medical Center will close its Delaware Street patient and visitor parking ramp on Wednesday to begin constructing two new levels.
With the ramp out of commission for about six weeks, patients will have to park in other ramps located near the hospital and clinic.
“We will be referring patients to the Oak Street Ramp as part of the merger lease agreement,” said Joellen Johnson, operations supervisor in the safety, security, parking and transportation department at the medical center.
When the University sold its hospital to Fairview Health Systems on Jan. 1, the school agreed to help provide overflow parking in its own ramps when the hospital ramp construction began.
To help provide that overflow parking, the University’s Parking and Transportation Services will discontinue off-peak parking in the Oak Street Ramp to allow for overflow hospital parking. The change, which also takes place on Wednesday, will be in effect from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
During construction, Parking and Transportation Services will provide alternate daily rate/off-peak parking at the East River Road Ramp on levels three, four and five from 2 p.m. to 7:45 a.m., Monday through Friday.
The medical center and Parking and Transportation Services are also encouraging daily rate parkers to park in the East River Road Ramp to accommodate patients from the hospital and clinic.
Victoria Nelson, associate director of Parking and Transportation Services, said plenty of space is available in the East River Road Ramp for commuters wishing to take advantage of the daily rate/off-peak parking.
— Lynne Kozarek