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On Tuesday, July 18th, Municipal Light and Power will be transferring the electrical service for the following buildings:
WFSC, SU, Bookstore/GSS, ANSEP, EIB, ECB, NSB, Central Garage, and SSB.
These buildings will be temporarily serviced by electrical equipment on West Campus while new gear is installed on Providence Drive near SSB. ML&P is confident the work will be conducted without a power outage; however, the risk of short outages exists any time this equipment is handled. It will take most of the day to complete the transfer.
Later this week - tentatively Thursday - this work will be conducted again, but in reverse order, to transfer the load to the new equipment.
Beginning the weekend of July 15 UAA Drive will be closed between Alumni Drive and Providence Drive. In addition, the west-bound lanes of Providence Drive will be closed between Spirit Drive and Alumni Drive. See the map below. The intersection and west-bound lanes between UAA Drive and Alumni Drive will reopen the morning of July 17. From July 17 to August 7 the west-bound lanes of Providence Drive between Spirit Drive and UAA Drive will be closed. East-bound lanes will remain open. UAA's internal detour route is Alumni Drive and Mallard Lane.
Starting Monday, July 10 Seawolf Drive will experience a partial closure. This is to conduct repairs on a failed fire hydrant next to the Rasmuson Hall. Traffic will detour through the Sports Center West Lot. Due to the detour traffic parking will not be available in the Sports Center West Lot.
This project was previously announced for June 23. Circumstances forced a delay in the schedule.
Beginning on Saturday, June 24 Municipal Light and Power will begin work on electrical distribution infrastructure along UAA Drive and Providence Drive. This work will cause significant road closures.
During the weekend of June 24 and 25 UAA Drive will be closed between Alumni Drive and Providence Drive. In addition, the west-bound lanes of Providence Drive will be closed between Alumni Drive and UAA Drive. See the map below. East-bound lanes will remain open. UAA's internal detour route is Alumni Drive and Mallard Lane.
The UAA Drive closure will end by Monday morning. The west-bound closure of Providence Drive will continue for several weeks. ML&P has not communicated an end date at this time.
On the morning of June 19th a minor sink hole was discovered around the storm drain within the SU/Bookstore service lot. The area has been cordoned off and crews are assessing repair options. Until the repairs are complete there will be no access to the SU loading dock. Expect a lot of activity in this area over the next few weeks.
Due to the nature of the work, the area impacted by the storm drain repair work on Alumni Drive has been expanded. The sidewalks and paths around the Fine Arts Building will remain open. ADA spaces have been temporarily relocated.
We are experiencing aggressive seagull activity between the Library and Admin. We believe the chicks are starting to hatch, so the parents are becoming hyper protective. Pedestrians in this area should be aware and avoid the pathway through the trees next to the intersection of Science Circle and Alumni Drive.
From June 12 to June 25 Alumni Drive will be closed between the Fine Arts Building and the Administration/Humanities Building. This closure is to accommodate repair work to campus storm drains. The Fine Arts Building and East Lot will be accessible from the north.
On Tuesday, May 23 ground boring activity will occur in South Lot. The row of South Lot adjacent to the Engineering and Industry Building will be offline as a result of this activity. There was significant ground heaving during the seasonal break up this year. This work will inform our approach to mitigating this heaving in the future.
Work is underway this summer to install heating and cooling systems in the Natural Sciences Building. The heating and cooling for the building is presently served by a utility building across the East Campus Central Lot. The impacted area includes the wooded area north of the building and a section of the East Campus Central Lot. Work will include installation of boilers and drilling a cooling well in the wooded area north of the building.
Due to the impacted area, the pathway on the north side of the building will be closed. Pedestrians using the exterior paths should utilize the pathway along Providence Drive.
The Natural Sciences Building will remain accessible during construction. The interior pathway through the spine will be maintained.
Beginning at 2:00 pm on April 14 a contractor will be addressing issues with the gravel patch in the Alumni Drive roadway near the Oppenheim sculpture. This will require a full closure of Alumni between Admin and Arts (map below). All parking lots will remain accessible during this time.