The University is beginning a major road construction project that will impact about 75 percent of campus this summer. Parking, deliveries and pedestrian routes will all be affected for a short but intense time, said Project Architect Marc Brunner, design and construction. Plans must be adapted for summer graduation, conference programs and camps.
The main thrust of the project is to widen Ridge and Willard streets and make them safer for both cars and pedestrians. Willard Street, which currently runs only between Ridge and East Merry Avenue, will eventually be extended north to Poe Road. A new parking lot will be added across Poe on part of the airport’s vacant land. The new lot will help compensate for the parking that will be lost to the construction of the Northwest Residence hall.
The goal is to have Ridge widened and parking lots reopened by the time school begins in mid-August, Brunner said.
Work on the Ridge Street project is slated to begin today (June 7), weather permitting. Most disruptive will be the necessary closings of Lots N and 14, which provide much of the parking space in the middle of campus. The closure of Willard will also pose access challenges for the Student Health Center and Moore Musical Arts Center, said Brunner, but emergency vehicles will always be able to get through. Pedestrian access to the health center will also be maintained. Departments should work with their suppliers to determine the best access to their buildings.
While lots N and 14 are closed, the lane between the Fine Arts Center and the Jerome Library will also be closed to through traffic for installation of a water line. Delivery vehicles will be able to pull in and out but not drive through to Ridge Street.
Intermittent closures of Lot 5, on Merry west of Willard, will also occur through about Aug. 13, Brunner said.
BGSU will see the greatest amount of construction going on at once in its history. Combined with the ongoing projects to improve the South Tunnel, build the Stroh and Wolfe centers, demolish part of McDonald West to add a new dining facility, and build two residence halls, “the campus will change this summer more than it has in the past 25 years,” said University Architect Jim McArthur, Office of Design and Construction.
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