Posted on: October 27, 2017
Traffic congestion and parking availability are set to improve at TRU over the next two weeks as utility upgrading work along University Drive moves north.
Paving of University Drive at the East Gate entrance will be completed on Monday, Oct. 30, and the road from East Gate to College Drive will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Drivers accessing lots R, L1, L2, C—and E—are encouraged to enter campus via the East Gate.
A temporary entryway will access Lot E from the intersection of University Drive and College Drive. Parking in 100 stalls in Lot E (General) will be available starting on Monday, Nov. 6.
Update Oct. 31: Lot E is open early—100 General stalls now available
The northeast portion of University Drive and the Summit Drive entrance ramp both remain closed as the services upgrade to install water, hydro, sanitary, communication and other utilities continues.
Now underway is a new utility corridor being excavated around the Clock Tower and Library that will service the Nursing and Population Health building, The Reach and future infrastructure on campus.
Starting Nov. 6 for approximately six weeks, the excavation will impact two rows of parking in Gated Premium Lot L1. The row of Reserved stalls will be relocated to the back of the lot, and one row of Gated Premium stalls will be closed. The L1 permit holders affected will be contacted individually by the Parking Office to advise of the alternative arrangements next door in L2. Both lots have space to accommodate the closure.
“We know this excavation work may create minor disruption for some, but the bigger picture is that these upgrades will improve a lot of services on campus,” said Warren Asuchak, Director of Facilities Services. “We are trying our best to minimize the impact as much as we can.”
As work began on Oct. 26, a tree was removed from the path of the corridor’s trench. TRU anticipates two more trees may have to be removed between the Library and Culinary Arts Training Centre, but field fitting—zig-zagging around the existing trees and shrubs—will be done to reduce impacts, and landscaping will be replaced.
“Everything possible is being done to save trees,” said Asuchak. “When we do remove one, we will plant two indigenous trees to replace it.”
Facilities is working with the School of Trades and Technology to have the wood milled for carpentry projects.
Director, Facilities Services
Thompson Rivers University