Road closures and detours update – August 19

Here updates on some construction projects affecting 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. The northbound lane closure affect various Metro transit bus routes. See the Metro Transit detour page for information.

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

Linden Drive between Babcock Drive and Henry Mall is reopen as of August 17. Metro routes will return to Linden Drive starting Wednesday, August 21.

Henry Mall

The lower half of southbound Henry Mall (connecting Linden Drive to University Avenue) will be closed on August 20. The closure starts around the Biomedical Sciences building. Project will last just one day while some curb area is replaced. Use southbound Charter Street or other route to head south toward University Avenue.

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 reopen as of 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.)

Map of the closures for the Dayton Street utilities project. Dayton Street currently closed Charter Street to Lake Street. Traffic allowed to cross at Charter, Mills, and Park Streets.

Click on the above image to enlarge or click here to view a Dayton Street traffic overview map.

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