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MU construction to wrap up by mid-August

Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 5:06 p.m. CDT; updated 7:48 p.m. CDT, Thursday, August 5, 2010

COLUMBIA — Some of the construction at MU is expected to be finished by the time most students start moving back into residence halls Aug. 18.

Construction projects over the summer have closed parts of Rollins, Hitt and Sixth streets, as well as part of Conley Avenue and all of Pershing Drive.

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“Most of these projects, the streets will not be affected at all by the time the students get back,” Campus Facilities spokeswoman Karlan Seville said. "They're mostly wrapping up by Aug. 15."

The city is scheduled to pave Rollins Street next week. Renovation on Hudson Hall and Rollins Dining Hall is complete, and the buildings have been returned to the Division of Student Affairs to prepare them for an Aug. 10 open house, Seville said.

The Aug. 15 construction deadline applies to both Campus Facilities’ work and the city's road paving after that construction is completed. Although Campus Facilities expects to finish projects on time, students will be able to move in regardless of the road situation.

“The city made it clear that they would always have at least one lane of traffic open at all times,” Seville said.

There will be some residual utility work on the north side of Conley Avenue near Maryland Avenue. The sidewalk will be rerouted, but both lanes of the road will be open.

“Obviously, there will still be construction on campus; it just won’t impact the roads as badly as it has this summer," Seville said. "We needed to get as much done as possible this summer while the students were away.”

Switzler Hall remains under renovation until summer 2011. The sidewalks around it have been altered, especially inconveniencing students with disabilities, Seville said. Their route takes a little longer now, she said.

Cramer and Stafford halls will be demolished beginning Aug. 23, the first day of classes, as part of University Hospital’s Patient Care Tower construction. The area they cover will be used to build new entrances to Ellis Fischel Cancer Center and Pershing Commons, some parking spaces and open green space.

Part of the new student center will also remain under construction, but Campus Facilities has been working with the Division of Student Affairs to prepare the building for its open house on Homecoming weekend in October.

Tate Hall remains under renovation until spring 2011, and Gillett Hall won’t be finished until fall semester 2011.


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