Pedestrian access limited around Ridge construction
The safety of pedestrians has become a serious concern in relation to the Ridge Street widening project, according to Project Architect Marc Brunner.
Because of the presence of heavy equipment and uneven walking and biking surfaces, passage through these areas has become hazardous.
In response, the Office of Design and Construction has decided to cordon off the major work area around the Ridge Street project. The area affected extends from Hayes to Kreischer halls along Ridge Street and from south of Merry Avenue to north of the Jerome Library.
Beginning this week, fencing will be erected in some areas, and signs will advise pedestrians of detour routes around the site to their destinations.
Access to the Health Center will be maintained from Lot 1, Brunner noted. The Ridge project is projected to be completed by Aug. 15.
To view a map of the restricted area and suggested walking routes, click on Pedestrian Detour Map at
This site also contains the latest information on other construction activity and road closures.
Construction maps are also online at
Note: A convenient parking alternative for those on the west-central side of the campus is Lot R, on East Merry Avenue between Oak Grove Cemetery and the College of Technology.
Please remember to plan your walking routes and parking in advance to avoid delays.
In addition to the Ridge Street widening, other campus construction projects also present hazards for pedestrians, particularly unauthorized persons on work sites. These persons will be considered trespassing and could be fined, Brunner warned. All pedestrians are reminded to stay alert and follow directions on warning signs.
Accommodation for deliveries will need to be arranged by the department receiving the delivery. Also, the Office of Parking Services will help arrange parking for visiting groups. Handicap spaces are available in Lot G.
While the no-pedestrian zone will be disruptive, the safety of the University community and its visitors is of greater importance. It will take some patience and good humor to get through the summer tranquilly, but the payoff will be a much more walkable and drivable campus with beautified landscaping.