Campus Construction Updates
Extensive work to University Avenue will last through November 2009. The project will satisfy the borough's pedestrian safety requirements. The work will be funded by a grant from the state's Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) and matching funds.
Heavy traffic volume, high speeds, poor lighting and random road crossings were cited as reasons for transforming the avenue. Plans by landscape architecture firm Derck & Edson Associates call for the following:
- Four well-marked crosswalks will be established: at the main entrance to the university, in front of the new science building, in front of the Health Center and at 18th Street. The roadway will narrow slightly at the crosswalks to encourage vehicles to slow down.
- Where crosswalks don't exist, both sides of the avenue will be fenced to discourage jaywalkers. Fencing will be similar to that at Nicholas A. Lopardo Stadium—brick columns connected by iron rails.
- New lighting that matches existing walkway lights on campus will be added along both sides of the street.
The overall effect of lighting, fencing and vegetation is intended to "calm" traffic that now averages 38 mph in a 25-mph zone, according to a university study.
This work is part of the Science Infrastructure Project (SIP). More information here.
Oct. 12 Update
Drivers on University Ave. may continue to see signs that warn of construction ahead, as construction is still in progress and flagmen will be present from time to time.
Topsoil placement, grass seeding and landscaping will continue in all areas along the avenue. Ground cover plants between the sidewalk and University Ave. will not be planted until next spring.
Sidewalk work, including installation of tactile strips, has been completed.
Installation of the lights is ongoing and is expected to be complete and functional by the end of October.
The ornamental fence between the brick piers is expected to be delivered in early November. Installation will begin upon delivery.
As always, this schedule is weather-dependent. Pedestrians crossing the avenue should be extra careful while construction is in progress.