Part of Ukrop Way will close May 20 for summer construction

Staff writer

West Utility Plant construction will start Monday, shutting down Ukrop Way traffic on campus from the Parking Deck to the intersection with Landrum Drive.

“Our expectation is that this closure will mainly impact cross-campus traffic, but residents and visitors may experience increased traffic on Jamestown and Richmond Roads during this phase of the construction project,” Suzanne Clavet, director of news and media, wrote in an email.

This summer phase one of the project, expected to end Aug. 15, will add new lines to carry chilled water and steam between the new plant and the buildings it will serve. The project will lay several yards of new underground piping along Ukrop Way, connecting the network of lines installed earlier in the year.

Landrum Drive will be changed to allow two-way traffic, and DuPont Bridge will be limited to a single lane of traffic.

Nearby sidewalks will also be closed. Pedestrians leaving the parking deck will need to detour away from the project around Jones and Small Hall toward the front of Swem Library to reach the other side of campus.

The Parking Deck and Adair Gymnasium will remain open and available for use. However, parking over the summer months will be affected. Parking from the Swem Library to the intersection of Landrum Drive and Jamestown Road will not be available.

A few parallel spaces for faculty and staff will be made available outside Chandler Hall to accommodate.

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