Several campus area roads will be partially or completely closed starting this weekend and continuing until the start of the spring semester in January.
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Due to ongoing work on the Student Union, approximately fifty parking spaces on the north end of Staff Lot 9 next to Neyland Stadium will be closed starting Monday, December 3. The spaces will be closed for an undetermined amount of time. The pedestrian walkway will remain open and access from Staff Lot 9 to the walkway will remain open.
More work is about to commence for the new Student Union. On Monday, October 29, construction fencing will go up around Temple Court, Aconda Court, and the building at 812 Volunteer Boulevard. The small Staff Lot 12 in this area will be closed. The area known as “the pit,” including the Smokey’s entrance, also will be inaccessible.
Service improvements on the Neyland Express T route take effect Friday, August 31, and will result in shorter travel times and less waiting between buses. The major changes involve the end of the route detour, the addition of another bus, and service to the agriculture campus going to and from the main campus.
A sinkhole on the University of Tennessee agriculture campus has closed a road and affected the campus shuttle bus route. The sinkhole was discovered over the weekend on Service Drive behind the Plant Biotech Building.
The university is working to resolve a delay in the T’s Neyland route (formerly the Ag route) to get students to the Hill (Gate 21) faster.
Many changes and ongoing projects will greet new and returning students and their families arriving on campus this weekend for move-in day. Some roads have been narrowed or closed since the spring, while others have been widened and reopened. Work continues on the new Student Union, a new residence hall, the new Natalie L. Haslam Music Center, the John Tickle Engineering Building, and development of Sorority Village at Morgan Hill.
Several changes and additions have been made to UT’s parking inventory for fall semester in order to accommodate students, faculty, and staff during campus construction.
Students starting class next week will find a newly remodeled Humanities and Social Sciences Building, complete with more modern furnishings and high-tech facilities. The building features newly configured classrooms with brightly colored chairs that are set on wheels and spin in all directions, smart boards, new carpet and fresh paint with bold accent walls.
By the fall of 2014, UT will have its first new residence hall in forty years. The new residence hall, on Andy Holt Avenue at the corner of Melrose Avenue, will house 700 undergraduate men and women in two-person suites and four-person super suites. The suites are double occupancy rooms with a shared bathroom. The super suites are arranged similarly, but connect to a common living room and shared bathroom.