CLEVELAND -- Big changes are underway at Cleveland Hopkins International airport and drivers will take notice as soon as they pull up.
The Hourly/Daily Parking Garage is now the new Smart Garage.
"Smart" because sensors above each parking space indicate whether or not a spot is open. Green means it's open, red means that spot is taken. But even before looking up and down the aisles, drivers get a heads-up on where to go.
"When you come up, the signs, like this one, will point the direction where you need to go to find that space...So, when you pull into the garage, you can see where to go. It just guides you to an open space," says Todd Payne, with Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
The smart garage isn't just for hourly and daily parking either. If drivers park there for more than 72 hours, the short term rate automatically turns to long term, so any type of traveler has the option to park here.
This is just part of a $24 million plan to upgrade parking.
On July 1, the long term garage will be razed and replaced with a surface lot containing 1,000 spaces. A new long term garage will be built where the bomb squad building stands now.