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Tunnel 5 construction project begins March 1

ATHENS, Ohio (March 1, 2005) -- Ohio University will begin a construction project involving Tunnel 5 on March 1.

Tunnel 5 is a concrete structure, 7 feet high, 6 feet wide and one-quarter of a mile long that runs along Lot 109, the parking lot located behind the Life Sciences Research Facility on the West Green.

The underground tunnel houses steam, electric and telephone services at the university and is being repaired because of deterioration that has made the structure unsafe. Ohio University has more than six miles of underground utility tunnels on its Athens campus.

The $420,000 six-month project will be performed in two phases with a completion date in August. The work will take approximately 50 parking spaces in Lot 109 offline.

During the second phase of the project, the steps that run to the Life Sciences Building from Richland Ave. near the Research and Technology Building will be closed. The wooden steps will be replaced with concrete steps that connect to a new concrete walkway that takes pedestrians directly to the Life Sciences building.

The new steps and walkway will be opened to the public once the Tunnel 5 project is completed in late August or early September. Approximately 22 offline parking spaces in Lot 109 will stay inaccessible due to the start of construction on a new addition to the Life Sciences Research Facility in May. The addition is projected to be open by summer 2006.

For more information, contact Ohio University Director of Engineering Services and Technical Support Ted Fares at (740) 593-4771 or farest@ohio.edu.  

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