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This summer will see the beginnings of the biggest construction projects in OHIO history, rivaling the construction of New South in the late 1960s.

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Summer parking changes update

UPDATE May 20, 2013: See below for a map of closed and available lots. To access this map anytime, click here.

University Terrace detour: As of May 10, 2013, University Terrace northbound (uphill) is closed to traffic for emergency repairs. Northbound traffic is being diverted onto Race Street, to Stewart Street and E. Union Street (up Jefferson Hill). University Terrace remains open for southbound (downhill) traffic. Click here for more information. For a map of the detour, click here.

Summer on the Ohio University Athens campus won’t be quiet this year, with two major building projects on the campus’ southwest side and the closure of a main city artery. However, thanks to cooperation between the University and the city—as well as the collaboration of leaders from diverse units across the campus—the temporary impact on parking and traffic may be lessened.

In an April 17 meeting, representatives from Facilities Management and the city of Athens described plans for three major projects. Richard Schulz, OHIO’s director of design and construction, talked about construction of the Multipurpose Pavilion between Peden Stadium and the Ping Center, and the launch of Phase I of the Housing Development Plan, with significant work on the site of the former Wolfe Street Apartments. Jessica Adine with the City of Athens’ Department of Engineering and Public Works gave details on the rehabilitation of the Oxbow Bridge, which will close Richland Avenue from just north of West Green Drive to West Mulberry Street and close Oxbow Trail from West Green to Baker University Center.

What the 100 people in the room really wanted to know was: Where is everybody going to park? (Answers are below.) Marty Paulins, director of Transportation and Parking Services, said the important thing is to get information on parking from the source—Parking Services—and not through the grapevine.

“When in doubt, call us,” he said. The number is 740.593.1917.

Where you can’t park, effective May 6

Closed permanently

  • Lot 79, student commuter and faculty/staff lot in front of Nelson Commons and Adams Hall
  • Lots 81 and 82, faculty/staff lots on the east side of University Terrace

Closed temporarily

  • Lot 119, faculty/staff lot by Boyd and Treudley halls on West Green. This lot will be inaccessible due to the closure of Oxbow Trail. It will be open August 21.
  • Boyd, Ryors and Sargent parking garages on West Green will be inaccessible due to the closure of Oxbow Trail. They will reopen August 21.
  • Lot 133, student commuter and faculty/staff lot east of Peden Stadium across from Walter Hall. This lot will be used by contractors working on the Multipurpose Pavilion and will reopen in January 2014.
  • Lot 55, student overnight parking lot on South Green Drive by New Life Assembly of God Church. This lot is being expanded and will reopen around July 10.
  • Lot 50, student overnight parking off N. McKinley Ave. near the intramural fields. This lot is being expanded and will reopen August 20.

Where you can park, effective May 6

Residential parking garages (summer only; ends August 16):

  • Open to those with faculty/staff or summer student parking permits.
  • No overnight parking in the garages. Day use only.
  • Please observe signs and closings, as each garage will be closed at certain times for maintenance. Click here for the garage and lot maintenance schedule for this summer. Lot and garage closures also are posted on Compass' Announcements page.

Faculty and staff may park in any other open dark green or purple parking lot. Students with valid summer parking permits may park in ay open purple parking lot.

Visitors will be directed to park in the Baker Center Garage, at Peden Stadium, or in the open-air lots around the Convocation Center.

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What about accessibility?

According to Marty Paulins, director of Transportation and Parking Services, none of the parking lots that will be closed either temporarily or permanently offers handicap-accessible spots. Several handicap-only parking spots will be added to the Nelson Commons Garage, though, as the South Green area has few such spots now. In addition, two handicap-only parking spaces will be added to Lot 133 (the small Peden lot) when it is reopened in January 2014.

Baker University Center will remain the primary accessible pedestrian route between Upper and Lower Campus. Be advised, however, that in the summer Baker closes at 6 p.m. Mon.–Sat. and is closed all day on Sunday.

Employees with questions or concerns about accessibility issues should contact the Office for Institutional Equity, Crewson House, 593-1007. Students with accessibility concerns should contact the Office for Disability Services, 348 Baker University Center, 593-2620.