This summer, the Staff 9 lot west of Neyland Stadium will close for refurbishment. The first phase of work starts early in the morning on Monday, May 12, with the closing of all of the parking lot except for Margaret’s Alley, located behind the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences Building.
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A portion of Circle Drive on the Hill will be closed to traffic early in the morning on Saturday, April 26, as workers transport roofing materials for Dabney-Buehler Hall. The road will be closed east of Ayres Hall, with the western portion converted to two-way traffic to allow accessible parking and deliveries on the Hill.
A section of Pat Head Summitt Street south of the intersection with Johnny Majors Drive will be closed early in the morning on Tuesday, April 8, and will reopen late in the afternoon on Friday, April 11.
Fencing soon will be placed around the staircase between the Burchfiel and Austin Peay buildings on the Hill. The closure is in advance of removing and replacing the old staircase at the site where the new pedestrian bridge will connect to the Hill.
Eastbound traffic on a section of Kingston Pike near campus will be reduced to one lane from Monday, March 31, to Friday, April 4. The outside eastbound lane will be closed near the intersection with Metron Center Way, for underground utility work for the new University Commons shopping complex.
Francis Street will close Wednesday and Thursday for KUB utility work on the Fred D. Brown Residence Hall. The street will close from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days to allow KUB to work on underground utility connections for the residence hall.
A section of Sixteenth Street from Cumberland Avenue to White Avenue will be closed from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day from Saturday, March 15, to Sunday, March 23.
Although Phillip Fulmer Way from Cumberland Avenue to Middle Drive remains closed to vehicles, pedestrians now have access to the closed section of the road.
Construction on the new Student Union project is progressing well and on schedule. The six-story structure has been formed from steel, and workers are pouring the concrete floors. A new pedestrian bridge is being built and will provide a new connection to the Hill by this fall. The first phase of work is set for completion by spring 2015.
Work has begun on turning the vacant Sophronia Strong Hall into a large and modern science class and laboratory facility. The two-year, $114 million project marks the first big step in addressing the university’s need for general class and laboratory space. The renovation and expansion project will preserve 20,000 square feet of the original structure, including the building’s distinctive front arches, the front stone wall, and footbridge across Cumberland Avenue. The project also includes the restoration of a small Queen Anne style gardener’s cottage on the north corner of the site.