VIDEO: Ride to the top of Columbia's new downtown garage

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | 9:21 p.m. CST

Columbia's new 10-story parking garage at Fifth and Walnut streets opened Tuesday. We wanted to know how long it takes to drive to the top.


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Bill Fisher March 2, 2011 | 3:49 a.m.

Something I noticed, and which can be easily seen in your video, is how bumpy the surface it. It's almost like driving over a dirt trail compared to other garages downtown. It's like they didn't even try to smooth out the surface. At least there's a decent view from the top.

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Delcia Crockett March 2, 2011 | 4:45 a.m.

Thanks for this video and information contained.

Now we know (excluding time of other drivers entering/leaving parking spots and/or traffic flow into/from the garage to/from street) that we can now know the time span needed to park on any floor. If we calculate the time to leave the garage floor, to get to the street and onto to our destination, after parking in the garage, then we can determine how much extra time we will need to set aside - from our homes to our downtown destination.

This looks much like what we already experience in the hospital parking garage at 1 University Drive. [Parking is free at the hospital garage.]

Concerning the new downtown city garage, time factor wise, this could prove to be an improvement on circling and circling downtown streets to find a parking place consistent to where we need to be downtown - factoring in, need to determine parking permit needs in purchasing and for how long.

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Ashley Crockett March 2, 2011 | 10:02 a.m.

@Bill I drove the car to film this video, and I can fully attest to how bumpy the surface is! Our camera was secured firmly -- all of the movement comes from the actual movement of the car.

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