South Parking Lot to Close

Office of Communications | August 22, 2014
The South Parking Lot will close permanently at 11 p.m. on Friday, August 29.

The South Parking Lot will close permanently at 11 p.m. on Friday, August 29.
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The South Parking Lot will be closed permanently at 11 p.m. on Friday, August 29 to serve as a staging area for the next phase of construction on the Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) project.

The closure of the South Lot will significantly reduce the number of parking spaces available on the campus.  The remaining lots will be filled early in the day.

Driving directly to the Bayside Lot to park and taking the shuttle, or switching to public transportation, will likely be more convenient than searching for available spaces on campus. This will be particularly true for those who arrive mid-morning or later. Due to increased demand, more shuttle buses will run to and from campus.

The UCRR project is a critical infrastructure project that will replace our aging campus utilities distribution system, currently located in the deteriorating garages beneath the central plaza, with a modern utility corridor to be located under a newly configured campus roadway system. This work is essential to both existing and, in particular, new campus facilities, including General Academic Building No. 1, with new utility services such as electricity, water, heating and cooling, and IT connectivity.

The South Lot will be demolished and used as a staging area for equipment and for soil excavated during the UCCR project. It is the first of several closures that will have a significant impact on the campus community this fall.  Parking lots A and C also are expected to close in late September. The handicapped parking spaces currently in the South Lot will be relocated to the Campus Center garage and Beacons Lot.

Later this fall, University Drive South, from the new Integrated Sciences Complex to the Campus Center, will close as construction crews begin excavation for the new utility corridor. This road closure will result in a new two-way traffic pattern. (This work was intended to begin during the summer but was delayed to resolve project issues.)

We ask that you bear with us and keep in mind that these inconveniences are necessary to achieve the university’s long-term objective of revitalizing our campus with new facilities, a more efficient and bike- and pedestrian-friendly traffic flow, and enhanced use of our beautiful waterfront location.

Please contact Customer Service at 617.287.4000 or customer.service@umb.edu with any questions or concerns.

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