. - One of the top questions President Watts was asked during his State of the University Address this week what about parking on the downtown campus.
Watts told faculty members it's not easy. Joking, Watts said he sometimes visits departments or building projects Friday afternoon because it's a lot easier to get a parking space then.
The school now has grown to almost 21,000 students and there are 23,000 employees. That doesn't count the number of visitors to campus and to the hospital each day.
Watts says the trouble hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. every day.
The school plans to build two new parking decks, one near the research area of campus on 18th Street.
Even so, Watts says this problem is not going away.
"We will continue to grow as there are young people who want to come and take advantage of a world-class education," Watts said.
Watts said the schools master plan continues to address the growth and parking problem. He said the school is also working on traffic flow to keep congestion down as much as they can.