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Construction will impact traffic in several areas of campus

Three new campus construction projects occurring this summer will affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic patterns. A central chiller plant will be built on North Campus, a new bikeway will be installed at Palmer Field and the Hill Street parking structure will be renovated. Construction and logistics plans are being coordinated with the various building projects already underway to reduce the inconvenience to the University community.

The new chiller plant will be constructed on Draper, near the North Campus Grounds Services building. Upon completion next spring, the chiller plant will provide cooling for many North Campus buildings. Significant underground piping installation will occur in order to connect the buildings.

The piping work is scheduled to begin June 24 in the pedestrian area between the Advanced Technology Laboratories and the School of Information North. The project then will continue east to Beal Avenue and follow the street north.

As a result, the project will require the closure of Beal between Fuller and Bonisteel during July. In the fall, the project will continue north along Beal to Draper. Access to parking lots, loading docks and service areas will be accommodated as much as possible. U-M bus routes will be altered as necessary.

A bicycle connection and pedestrian sidewalk will be installed along the west edge of Palmer Field, providing a link between the two elevated pedestrian bridges that cross Washtenaw Avenue. The bikeway will require modifications to the Palmer Field walking track. Additionally, eight tennis courts at the Central Campus Recreation Building are being renovated, and other landscaping will be completed during this summer project. The bikeway is scheduled to be open the last week of August.

The Hill Street parking structure, near the Business School, will undergo maintenance renovations. The work, scheduled to occur July 6 through mid-August, will require closing the structure to all parkers. Nearby parking structures at 508 Thompson St., 525 Church St. and 616 South Forest St. are alternative options, as well as parking at Crisler Arena and taking the commuter bus, which departs every 10 minutes between 6:40 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Several additional building projects continue to progress. Excavation for the Cardiovascular Center on the site of "Old Main Hospital" is complete, and foundations are beginning. Steel erection should begin in late summer.

The Biomedical Science Research Building between Huron and Ann streets is approximately 50 percent complete. The exterior covering, including windows, is being applied now along with construction of the auditorium.

Abatement and demolition of the building wings at the School of Public Health is completed, and utility connections currently are being relocated. Excavation and foundation building will occur soon, followed by steel erection.

Excavation is complete for the two new College of Engineering projects: the Biomedical Engineering (BME) building and the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) building. Foundations also are complete for BME and steel erection will begin this month, while foundation work continues for CSE.

The new North Campus stormwater detention basin, east of the Art and Architecture Building, began functioning just in time for recent heavy rains. As a result, major flooding in buildings on North Campus has not occurred despite the significant amount of stormwater this spring.

More information regarding these projects can be found on the Internet at

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