Nov. 18, 2010

Union Drive to close Nov. 22

by Erin Rosacker

Route map

For two weeks, beginning Nov. 22, the stretch of Union Drive between Sheldon Avenue and Bissell Road will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Construction crews will fabricate the steel structure for a skywalk between Beyer Hall and the new recreation addition on the west side of State Gym.

Robert Ebel, construction manager in facilities planning and management, said the project should take two weeks to complete, allowing Union Drive to reopen Dec. 6.

Fencing will close off the area, including the north and south sidewalks along Beyer. The south doors of the Thielen Student Health Center will be open, but pedestrian access will be available only from the north and west. The southeast entrance to Beyer also will be accessible.

Access to the parking area near Thielen (Lot 2) is available from Sheldon Avenue. The parking area at the Union Drive Community Center (Lot 59B) is open on Union Drive from the east.

CyRide rerouted

The road closure will impact CyRide service on the Red (No. 1), Green (No. 2) and Purple (No. 7) routes -- including bus stop closures on Bissell Road and Union Drive.

The reroutes will close all bus stops on Union between Sheldon and Bissell, the Green and Purple stops along Bissell (south of Osborn Drive), and the Red stops on Union from Bissell to Lincoln Way. The Red route will be redirected along Sheldon and Lincoln Way. A temporary westbound Red route stop will be set up south of Friley Hall on Lincoln Way. The Purple and Green routes will be diverted from Bissell to Sheldon and Pammel Drive.