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UW-Madison will construct a parking garage on the west end of campus to offset some parking spaces lost from new construction. The project will add an additional 120 spaces to campus. 

A project to build a 600-stall parking garage on the west end of UW-Madison’s campus will be introduced to the City Council Tuesday.

Parking is a perennial problem for the university, which has about 13,000 spaces to accommodate 65,000 students, staff and faculty members.

The garage will replace one of the campus’ largest existing surface lots and provide a net 120 spaces to campus, according to planning documents provided to the city. It will offset parking spaces lost from construction of the new Meat Science and Muscle Biology building and the School of Veterinary Medicine addition.

Linden Parking Ramp map

Construction of the Linden Drive Parking Garage is expected to start in June, with a July 2020 opening, according to the university’s timeline. The garage would be flanked by Linden Drive and Observatory Drive.

Nearby buildings would include the School of Veterinary Medicine, the Meat Science and Muscle Biology building slated to open in March, and the future natatorium, a project still in the design phase.

About three-quarters of the $23.6 million project will be funded through state borrowing, according to the university’s project budget.

The university’s “long-term transportation master plan“ recommends adding an estimated 2,000 spaces over the next 20 years.

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Kelly Meyerhofer covers higher education for the Wisconsin State Journal. She can be reached at 608-252-6106 or kmeyerhofer@madison.com.