College Town is a comprehensive plan to redevelop 14 acres of University-owned property with 500,000 square feet of retail and dining space, hotel and conference facilities, parking, and housing for the Mt. Hope and University communities and area visitors. The $100 million project at the intersection of Mt. Hope and Elmwood avenues has been a vision for local community partners since 2008 and promises to provide economic benefits to the region, while building a welcoming and cohesive University-neighborhood community.
Starting the week of June 9 and continuing for two or more months (approximately 70 days), truck deliveries of approximately 20 concrete pieces will be delivered daily to the College Town site. The pieces will be used to erect the new parking garage at College Town (see a live camera of the parking garage). Most of the deliveries will be considered “oversize loads.” Oversize trucking is not allowed in the area from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. or from 4 to 6 p.m.
From Monday, July 7, to Thursday, July 31, workers will add a fourth lane to East Drive to accommodate the increase in traffic expected with the opening of College Town this fall. The majority of the work impacting the Medical Center—intermittent closures of the staff exit from the garage and a sidewalk closure in the patient discharge loop—will occur between Monday, July 7 and 11. East Drive will be open to two-way traffic throughout the project but congestion is expected in the area.
The sidewalk along Elmwood Avenue on the south side of the road from East Drive to Mt. Hope Avenue is closed. Pedestrians are encouraged to cross over Elmwood Avenue at the crosswalk located at Thomas Jackson Drive traffic signal to the north side sidewalk.