Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carlo Colella sent the following email to the campus community today:
We’re excited to see so many members of our community on campus this summer. I hope you can take this opportunity to see significant progress on exciting construction projects including Jones-Hill House, EA Fernandez IDEA Factory (opening later this year) and the School of Public Policy Building (opening 2022), as well as the newest dormitory on campus, Pyon-Chen Hall (opening this month). The Purple Line project continues to make progress, with crews working in different locations on and off campus.
We thank you for your patience and understanding as we complete these projects. While we are trying our best to minimize the inconvenience to the campus community, we must also set up some temporary redirects, changes, and closings for your safety. Please use caution when moving around campus and follow all signs and flags when driving near construction sites.
Here are the top construction impacts to consider when planning your trip to, from and around campus:
Baltimore Avenue improvement project
The Maryland State Highway Administration improves Baltimore Avenue from College Avenue to University Boulevard (Route 193); Improvements include a planted median with turning lanes, accessible walkways, updated pedestrian lighting, and bike lanes. The section from Campus Drive Süd is to be completed this year; the section from Campus Drive North will be built by 2023. Expect road closures and restrictions on Baltimore Avenue during off-peak hours, and please be careful when traveling around the area.
Campus Drive underpass
Two lanes of Campus Drive will remain blocked at the WMATA Metro and CSX underpass east of Baltimore Avenue. One lane remains free in each direction. Be careful when traveling around the area.
College Park tube station and bus loop closure
College Park Underground Station will be closed for platform maintenance until September 6th. Shuttles are available to take passengers to the open stations. The bus loop at the subway station remains closed due to construction work. Bus stops have been relocated to River Road and the east entrance of the station near the intersection of Calvert Road and Columbia Avenue. Consult Shuttle UM and WMATA Route plans for details.
Union Drive in lots 1b and Z
Part of Union Drive is blocked in lots 1b and Z. Please follow the diversion signs and allow more time to find your way around the area.
The portion of Presidential Drive closest to Campus Drive will remain closed. To access Lots 1 and 3 during the closure, take Campus Drive to Mowatt Circle and navigate to Championship Lane.
Closure of the Baltimore Avenue Crosswalk on Rossborough Lane
The zebra crossing on Baltimore Avenue on Rossborough Lane will be closed until the end of August. Follow the detour to cross Hotel Drive or Fraaternity Row.
Stadium Drive / Chemistry Lane
One lane of Stadium Drive will be closed for the fall semester. The walkway on the south side of Stadium Drive will be closed from late August through 2023. Chemistry Lane will be closed for a long time.
As our presence at the university keeps changing, you may also see progress on several other projects, including renovations to the chemistry and physics buildings, the Johnson-Whittle Residence Hall and the new food service that opens in 2022, and the City of College Park City Hall. with office space for university employees, also opening in 2022. Information on the status of the campus construction projects can be found on our Construction projects card.
Thank you for your patience as we make significant strides toward our goals for our campus and the surrounding community.
Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer