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Important Construction Update: North Garage Closed Beginning May 4

Significant 15th/Acklen congestion expected all summer

Students, faculty and staff who will be on campus this summer should be aware of the impact of ongoing construction as final touches are put on both the Wedgewood Academic Center and the new residence hall:

  • North Garage Closed May 4-July 6—The North Garage (beneath Inman/McWhorter) and both alleys leading to the garage will be closed beginning Sunday night May 4 to allow for work on utility lines and the concrete entrance. Vehicles will not be able to enter or exit the North Garage. Please move your vehicle to another area before the closure.
  • Significant Congestion on 15th and Acklen Avenues—Work on both Acklen roundabouts (at 15th and in front of Baskin Garage) will increase in May, June and July, and numerous vendors and delivery vehicles will be in the area as the Wedgewood Academic Center comes to completion. In addition, 15th Avenue (between Acklen and Wedgewood only) will be limited to one-lane traffic (south from Wedgewood) during June and July. Traffic leaving the north side of campus will be directed down Acklen to 12th when exiting. All of this will cause significant congestion in that area.
  • Park in Curb Garage—Though the Baskin Garage will remain open, due to the significant road work and anticipated congestion, all employees, students and guests on campus this summer are strongly encouraged to park in the Curb Garage. Otherwise, if parking on the North end of campus, please anticipate experiencing frequent and sometimes lengthy delays.
  • Noise Impact, Lawn Closure—Final work to connect the new Wedgewood Academic Center to both Inman and McWhorter will begin on May 5. Jackhammering will occur for approximately a week on the second floor of both buildings near the connection spots. In addition, geothermal bores and loop circuits will be installed on The Lawn this summer, and this process will also be fairly noisy and require the Lawn to be closed. The Lawn area is expected to reopen during the fall semester.

Additional work will also be ongoing in the Thrailkill Garage and the new residence hall. Event Services and Residence Life will communicate directly with summer groups impacted by that work. We recognize these projects can cause inconveniences with accessing campus, but we all excitedly await the openings this fall of our newest academic and residential buildings. Thank you again for your patience and understanding.