This summer UMass Boston will begin the multi-year transformation of University Drive from a one-way road to a tree-lined, two-way street with wide sidewalks and bike paths that will beautify and enhance our campus.
The work is part of the university’s ongoing Utility Corridor and Roadway Relocation (UCRR) project, which will move campus utilities from the garage under the plaza into new modern utility corridors beneath a reconfigured roadway.
University Drive South, which runs alongside Savin Hill Cove, will close to traffic in early summer, for more than a year, while this portion of the utility and roadway construction is underway.
The remainder of University Drive will become a two-way road. Commuters who wish to access the campus, the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, and the Massachusetts Archives will use this road.
In addition, the South Lot and Lot A, near the Massachusetts Archives, will close in early summer. The 1,300-space Bayside Lot, however, will be open year-round to accommodate university parking needs. Parking Lot C will also close later this summer. The South Lot will not reopen as a parking lot, and it will be elevated in preparation for a future use.
The Fox Point Pavilion and docks will be accessible via the HarborWalk, and the McCormack loading dock will not operate during this phase of work.
The Quinn Roadway, located between the Integrated Sciences Complex and the Healey Library, will also close. Emergency access to the plaza and all buildings will always be maintained.
This project will continue the critical work of renewing our campus, making it more welcoming, more efficient, and easier to navigate.
The UCRR project began last spring, with the installation of a new chiller and boiler and major upgrades to the university’s Central Utility Plant. It is expected to finish in late 2016.
Crews are constructing modern utility corridors to house 17 miles of underground piping and duct banks, which will provide reliable and redundant utility services to all campus facilities. The project will also allow the university to remove the plaza and substructure to create a central quadrangle and a greener, more inviting campus.
In addition, a new University Drive North will be built to connect with Mount Vernon Street.
All visitors and campus community members should allow extra time when traveling to campus, particularly during the transition period and the first weeks of the fall semester in September.
Commuters are encouraged to use public transportation and the free UMass Boston shuttle buses when traveling to campus. The Hubway bike sharing stations are open for spring, summer, and fall seasons. Discounted memberships are available for all UMass Boston students, faculty, and staff. Stations at the JFK/UMass MBTA station and the Campus Center allow a great opportunity to bike to campus and take advantage of the beautiful HarborWalk. The train station is also a 15-minute walk from campus.
If you drive to campus, please consider using the expansive UMass Boston Bayside Lot on Mt. Vernon Street. Route 3 shuttle buses are scheduled to run every 5-7 minutes from Bayside to the university’s Clark Athletic Center and Campus Center. For more information about parking and transportation, visit Getting Here on the UMass Boston website.
Watch for upcoming Construction Updates for more specifics.