Thursday, November 13, 2014

Pedestrian bridge renovations will impact access to Shoemaker Center, parking lots for a span




Construction of a new pedestrian bridge on the upper level of the Shoemaker Center will begin as soon as next week, and the project will impact campus traffic driving patterns and access to the Shoemaker Center and nearby parking lots for campus members, visitors and vendors.

Construction mobilization will begin Nov. 17 and will include blocking off the lower road and access to the bridge from the upper level. Individuals wishing to gain access to the Shoemaker Center from the adjacent parking lot normally served by the bridge can enter the building from the lower west end entrance during the construction project, which is scheduled for completion by May 2015. The Shoemaker Center will remain fully functional during this time with normal operations for classrooms, offices, the gym and wellness facilities, including the walking track.

Further, the access road will be closed near the construction site during this period. Consequently, motorists wishing to park in the upper levels near the Shoemaker Center and Child Development Center will need to enter from Pohlman Road.

Actual demolition of the current structure will begin Nov. 24 and will take approximately two weeks to complete.

Because of wear and tear, the structure has been supported by braces since May. The current undertaking will result in a span that is functional and an attractive landmark on campus as well as provide safer and better entrances to the Shoemaker Center.

The bridge is visible from various locations on campus, and the new structure’s appearance will serve as an attractive focal point of campus with brick architecture and other features that complement the rest of campus.

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