Here are some updates on the ongoing construction projects that affect campus traffic patterns. Reminder: project dates are subject to change due to weather or other factors.
Central campus projects
Northbound Charter Street from University Avenue to Observatory Drive
The northbound lane of Charter Street from University Avenue to Observatory Drive is expected to reopen by August 23. Current work is part of the Lathrop-Bascom project. Only southbound traffic is allowed.
Northbound vehicle traffic–including bicycles–can detour to Babcock Drive or Park Street to reach Observatory Drive. Those who need access to areas along the open section of Linden Drive (such as Nancy Nicholas Hall, Van Hise, and the Middleton Building) can use Henry Mall.
The northbound lane closure will affect various Metro transit bus routes. See the Metro Transit detour page for information as it becomes available.
Pedestrians should continue to use the west side sidewalk along Charter Street. The east sidewalk is open starting at Sterling Hall, but remains closed in front of Chamberlain Hall.
Lot 115 (partially closed) and Lathrop Drive are currently inaccessible from Charter Street. Access these areas from Park Street.
Linden Drive project
The end is in sight–Linden Drive between Babcock Drive and Henry Mall will reopen by August 17. The area is currently closed to two-way traffic. Westbound and eastbound traffic must use an alternate route, such as Observatory Drive between Babcock and Charter. The north sidewalk is open, but access may be unavailable on parts of the south sidewalk.
Metro Transit bus routes that use this travel corridor–including the campus Route 80–detour to Observatory Drive. Some additional detours are in place for westbound routes meant to travel northbound on Charter Street between University Avenue and Linden Drive. See the Metro Transit detour page for specific route information. Metro routes will return to northbound Mills Street (south of Johnson Street) starting Wednesday, August 21.
The map below shows potential travel routes in and around central campus.
Click on the image above to enlarge or click here to view the Charter/Linden traffic plan map.
Southeast campus projects
Dayton Street utility project / Nicholas Recreation Center construction
Work continues on the Dayton Street utility replacement project and the construction of the new Nicholas Recreation Center.
- Northbound access on Mills Street across Dayton Street is expected to reopen August 17. Metro routes will return to northbound Mills Street (south of Johnson Street) starting Wednesday, August 21.
- A lane of westbound traffic along Dayton Street between Lake Street and Park Street will be allowed only for residence hall move-in week traffic. (Access route for local traffic and deliveries remains open from Lake Street to Dayton Street to East Campus Mall.)
Click on the above image to enlarge or click here to view a Dayton Street traffic overview map.