Information about campus travel disruptions is available online

May 20, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Updates about Purdue University campus road closings, detours and traffic disruptions will be available online throughout the summer.

Information about travel disruptions caused by utility work, parking lot paving, building construction and landscaping will be available at http://www.purdue.edu/physicalfacilities/travelalert.php as well as on a Facebook group. The information will be updated regularly throughout the summer. A map of summer construction projects also is available at http://www.purdue.edu/physicalfacilities/summer_construction.php

"We strive to make travel as convenient as possible during this busy construction season," said Gary Shumaker, senior director of project management and construction. "For example, a new four-way stop at Harrison and University streets will help with traffic flow for the detour near the Marriott Hall building site."

Marriott Hall, a 40,000-square-foot building that will house the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management when completed in July 2011, is located at the northwest corner of State and University streets. Traffic on State Street, also known as State Road 26, has been rerouted onto Harrison Street. Additionally, the westbound lane of University Street and all of First Street is closed for construction staging and utility work. In addition to the four-way stop, detour signage and lane restrictions are in place to guide traffic safely around the work area.

Other roads that will be closed include Third Street from Waldron Street to Russell Street through July 30 as repairs are made to the underground utility tunnel. One through lane on Russell Street will remain open for traffic. The westbound lane of Stadium Avenue that is east of University Street will be closed through May 27 for water line repairs to an Indiana American Water Co. line.

Jischke Drive and Third Street will be closed for utility work and will reopen by the start of the fall semester. This work is part of the Recreational Sports Center renovation. The project should be completed by August 2012, and it will feature a multipurpose pool, improved cardio-fitness and strength-conditioning areas, indoor jogging/walking space, racquetball courts, a wellness center, climbing and bouldering walls, synthetic turf space, common areas/lounge spaces, and new locker rooms.

The Purdue Armory parking lot also will be closed from May 31 to Aug. 1 for reconstruction as part of a sustainable stormwater modification project. A new porous surface will allow rainwater to drain into the earth.

Writer: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu

Source: Gary Shumaker, 765-496-8335, grshumaker@purdue.edu