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Ask Cam

Meridian Avenue closure

June 20, 2011

Question: With all the construction going on campus, what is going to happen to Meridian Street since it’s the main transportation route from the southside to the northside?

Cam’s response: The short answer: Meridian won’t be available for the next couple of years.

Long answer: The street is closed off to campus traffic from South Drive to Laurel Street until the end of several construction projects. The street is expected to reopen sometime in summer or fall of 2013.

Meridian will be restricted to construction vehicles, Transfort, and emergency and service vehicles. Pedestrian and bike traffic will be accommodated in separate marked lanes outside of the construction routes.

While closing the street causes some traffic on campus to be rerouted, it is an important safety step given the large, continuous volume of construction traffic that will be traveling Meridian during the construction period. Facilities has placed extensive signage in the area to redirect traffic.

People who normally use Meridian as an entrance and exit point for campus will be redirected to alternate entry points including Pitkin, Plum, and Lake Streets, and other entrances off of Laurel.

The closure also will result in the loss of about 45 parking spaces, most notably outside the Student Recreation Center, but parking for the Rec Center will still be available in the Rec Center lot (#180) and at Moby and Hartshorn.

Here’s more on campus construction and maps.