STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State University is building a $9 million parking garage with about 500 spaces.

The director of the university's parking and transit services, Jeremiah Dumas, tells the Commercial Dispatch that construction will start this fall and should take about 18 months.

The university currently has 15,000 on-campus parking spaces and more than 20,000 students.

The new garage will be on the north side of campus, which can be reached by U.S. Highway 82 and Mississippi Highway 12.

To offset the cost of the garage, parking permit prices for both commuter and residential students increased by nearly 10 percent this year.

Before the fall 2017 semester, commuter students paid $149 for a permit. This year, those students are paying $163. Permit costs for residential students are increasing from $160 to $175.