FLW hospital to cut parking spaces

Carl Norman/GLWACH Public Affairs

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (April 9, 2009) — An estimated 40 to 45 parking spaces in General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital's northwest parking lot have been unavailable since April 6 as workers begin a $250,000 project to improve lighting in the area.

Workers are fencing off the impacted area, about one-third of the northwest lot's current parking capacity, to keep staff and beneficiaries safely away from the work zone. The northwest parking lot is located in the corner of Missouri Avenue and Headquarters Avenue, directly across the street from Building 315 and adjacent to the emergency room parking lot.

Beneficiaries and visitors can park in any spot outside the construction zone in the northwest parking lot as well as in any of the facility's remaining three lots.

According to hospital officials, the northwest lot construction is the first of a multi-phase project to install improved lighting in all four GLWACH parking lots. Each phase will take about one month to complete. GLWACH officials said they will release information announcing each phase's start date.

"We ask everyone for their patience and understanding as we make things safer and secure for patients, visitors and staff entering and exiting our facility after dark," said Lt. Col. Margi Toillion, GLWACH's logistics division chief. "We understand this will cause some frustration, but it's necessary because patient and staff safety are our No. 1 priorities, both inside and outside the facility."

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