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This Week's Construction News

Update for the week of April 19: work begins this week to pave the Mass Ave/University Drive intersection (see below); work is under way on the north side of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library to create a "Class of '55" garden in the area; construction in the basement of the Student Union to replace air handlers is underway; preliminary utility work for construction of the Physical Sciences Building continues in the West Experiment Station/Goessmann/LGRC area; a temporary delivery route and receiving area for the Du Bois Library has been established; Wilder land- and hard-scape construction in on-going; selective interior demolition continues at the South College Academic Facility (see the SCAF project page for details); and work goes on at the new John Francis Kennedy Champions Center site on Commonwealth Avenue south of the Mullins Center (see the Champions Center project page for details); and you can listen to this week's PSA on WMUA here... [more]

Paving intersection of Mass Ave and University Dr on April 20, 22, 27 and 30

Contractors will be scoring, adjusting road structures, paving and line painting in the Massachusetts Avenue/University Drive intersection on Monday, April 20; Wednesday, April 22; Monday, April 27; and Thursday, April 30.

Beginning Monday, April 20, contractors will score lane sections of the roadway in phases.  A phasing map is available here.  Each phase -four in all -will require temporary detours and adjustments to traffic patterns.  Most notably, northbound traffic on University Drive will be terminated at the Southwest Residential Area Circle and routed west between Lots 33 and 21 to Massachusetts Avenue during all four phases.

On Wednesday, April 22, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when structural adjustments are made to each section of the roadway.

On Monday, April 27, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when each section of the roadway is paved.

On Thursday, April 30, the same phased traffic patterns will apply when lines are painted each section of the roadway.

Police will direct traffic.  Motorists can expect delays.

Questions about this project should be directed to the Physical Plant assistant director for buildings and grounds, Pam Monn, at 413-577-3106 or

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