From construction to fighting traffic, finding a parking spot in downtown Springfield can be nearly impossible.
Springfield parking authority interim executive director Thomas Moore told 22News there were 150 parking spots eliminated because of the construction of the MGM Springfield casino. But now, 50 of those spaces are open.
“Some of the space that are involved in this count don’t actually involve meters at all,” Moore explained. “They’re really spaces that are really marked for timing: two-hour parking here, that kind of thing, but they’re public on-street spaces.”
On-street parking has been eliminated around State Street, just south of Union Street and Maple Street down to East Columbus Ave. But for drivers unable to find a spot. There’s plenty of garage parking in the area.
The Springfield Parking Authority told 22News that once the casino opens more on-street parking may become available.