You can’t get there from here. Or there.

Posted on May 9, 2014 in Campus News and News

North, south, east or west, your approach will matter not: Beginning shortly after Commencement, May 18, the four-way stop at the heart of campus—Jayhawk Boulevard and Sunflower Road—will be completely closed for construction that is expected to last the entire summer.

Phase 2 of the four-summer reconstruction of Jayhawk Boulevard will close Mount Oread’s main drag from Poplar Lane, between Snow and Strong halls, to the four-way stop at Jayhawk and Sunflower. Through-access will be blocked at all four campus traffic booths, and pedestrians will be detoured to crossing ramps between Watson Library and Stauffer-Flint Hall and behind Bailey Hall.

The dramatic results of Phase 1, completed last summer, can be seen in the beautified boulevard from the Chi Omega Fountain to Poplar Lane. Summer 2015 will extend the work to 14th Street, between Danforth Chapel and Spooner Hall, and in 2016 the project will conclude at the 13th Street campus entrance adjacent to the Adams Alumni Center.

The $11 million project will replace the surface of the heavily used boulevard and also add significant stormwater management features that will funnel excess water through engineered soil filters and into a water supply to feed new tree plantings.

Also this summer, Naismith Drive will be closed for reconstruction from 15th Street to Crescent Road, in front of Jayhawk Bookstore. Detours will direct traffic to Engel Road (north of 15th) and University Drive.

Irving Hill Road will be closed intermittently during the summer while a new Engel Road (south of 15th) is constructed atop Daisy Hill. The new road will loop west of two residence halls that are under construction across from Lewis and Hashinger Halls.

Numerous parking lots and both garages will also undergo renovations and construction, though most should remain open throughout the work.

In short: If you’re visiting after Commencement and before the start of the fall semester, leave plenty of time, and then some, to find parking and navigate your way across campus.

For complete information, click on the “Construction” label at maps.ku.edu.

—Chris Lazzarino

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