Downtown parking garage construction began today

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) Earlier today, construction began on the Cox and Spiker Parking Garages downtown and will take several weeks to complete as pay stations and automated parking hardware are installed. The garages will remain open throughout the the updates.

The first two hours of parking in the garages between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday is free. After the initial two free hours, the cost to continue to park in the garages is $4, the same price it has been over a decade. A $45 monthly parking pass is also available and the money made from the garages will be generated into bond for the parking structure itself.

With the new technology, people going downtown no longer have to stop by the police station to pay for parking and can take advantage of the pay stations in the garages. Another convenient option is to easily pay the $4 fee through an app that will alert the user when their free two hours is coming to an end and give them the option to pay the fee through the app from their phone.

The garages will have license plate reader systems so after the free two hours time out, if the owner of the vehicle still hasn’t paid the fee and is still parked in the garage, parking patrol will be notified to issue a parking ticket.

“To keep people honest, we wouldn’t want people parking in those parking garages for free when other people are paying their monthly fees to park there,” said CPD Public Information Officer Kevin Malatesta.

The Cheyenne Police Department believes the new technology will make parking more convenient and save people time as they enjoy all that the downtown area has to offer.