Construction on Stadium Drive has been delayed indefinitely due to inclement weather conditions.
Stadium Drive has been closed to through traffic since Dec. 18 for the Central Campus Athletics Project, which will build a new soccer and lacrosse stadium, an indoor practice facility and two adjacent outdoor practice fields.
The construction was scheduled to be finished by the second week of February, while the work between Carmichael and Teague Residence Halls was to conclude the third week of March. But due to inclement weather conditions, construction has been delayed.
Mike Bunting, the associate athletic director for Facility Planning and Management, said Stadium Drive's closure is so CCAP facilities can connect to campus chilled water and steam. The closure should not be a major impediment to pedestrians, he said.
“It’s only closed to through traffic,” Bunting said. “You can still access all of Stadium Drive.”
The road’s closure has interfered with several students’ usual routes around campus. Many students are now forced to find different routes to and from class, especially if they typically drive to class.
Among those students is Austin Seamster, a resident of Parker Residence Hall. Seamster, like all other commuters, cannot currently drive his car through Stadium Drive.
“That’s a little frustrating if you’re just trying to go to Davis or you know, mid-campus,” Seamster said. “You have to go up by the hospitals or around by the baseball field.”
Seamster was not too bothered by the construction and his residence hall is further from the construction than others on mid-campus, but he did speak about one instance of bothersome noise. One morning, he and his suitemates noticed noise coming from the work site earlier than usual.
“Other than that, it hasn’t been a nuisance,” Seamster said.
Seamster also appreciates that he was notified in advance of the construction.
“They were pretty proactive about sending an email just letting us know about the construction and the dates for the construction,” Seamster said.
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