Naperville begins installation of parking garage guidance system

Installation has begun on an electronic parking guidance system in two parking decks in Naperville that will inform motorists exactly how many open spaces are available in the garages.
Exits and entrances to the Van Buren Avenue Parking deck and the central parking deck between Jefferson Avenue and Chicago Avenue will be fitted with sensors that will monitor the amount of parking available in real-time, and display the information on signs outside the garages. The project's goal is reducing congestion and pollution from drivers searching for a spot, as well as providing the city with usage data for the two decks.

In addition, the system will allow anyone to log on to Naperville's Web site and view the amount of available parking in either deck.

The $300,000 project uses technology from Sudbury, Mass.- based TCS International, and is partially funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will fund approximately 50 percent of the project costs. The rest of the cost will be paid for by City of Naperville Special Service Area Assessment funds.

Installation may cause access to the decks to be temporarily closed, and some parking spaces may be closed. The closures will only occur Monday through Thursday, and the facilities will be open for the weekend.

"We just want to let people know work is ongoing, so there may be delays occasionally," said Naperville Project Engineer Andy Hynes.

Hynes said complete closures to entrances will be minimal, as will the number of parking spaces closed at one time.

Hynes said the equipment will be maintained by TCS International for the first year and by the City of Naperville after that.

Hynes said the project is expected to be finished by mid-July, but could be complete sooner than that.
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