Passenger vehicles that use Cameron Boulevard east of the intersection with Mary Alexander Road on the UNC Charlotte campus will be detoured for nine to 12 weeks, according to UNCC Facilities Management.
Pedestrian and bus traffic will remain largely unaffected by the partial road closure on the UNC Charlotte campus, officials said, as construction work on Martin Hall enters its final stages.
Construction manager Jen Evans said the closure of a portion of Cameron – near the Student Health Center and Hawthorne Hall – is necessary to accommodate the machinery needed to install the electrical switch that will provide permanent power to Martin Hall.
That switch also will provide power to future development projects in the East Village area of campus, she said.
The partial closure also will allow the excavation work and installation of water and gas lines ahead of the future widening of Cameron Boulevard, Evans said. That project is still several years away.
“There’s no other way to do this work with traffic (lanes) open,” she said.
Construction fencing around the site will lead pedestrians to a walkway built along the north side of Cameron Boulevard to facilitate movement from Hawthorne Hall and the Greek Village to Mary Alexander Road, Evans said.
A single traffic lane for Charlotte Area Transit System buses will open 6:20 a.m. Monday through Friday and remain open until 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 6 p.m. on Fridays, officials said.
A flagger will be at each end of the bus lane, said Evans, adding that the detour will not affect bus stops or routes.
A detour will be used for passenger vehicles and SafeRide heading east on Cameron Boulevard. Traffic will be rerouted south on Mary Alexander Road to the traffic circle with Van Landingham Road, then north onto Martin Village Road before reconnecting with Cameron Boulevard, according to the detour map.
Once complete, Martin Hall will house 408 beds in a 175,000-square-foot apartment-style residence building, Evans said. All rooms in the co-ed facility – except for some visitor suites and rooms for resident advisers – will have four student bedrooms.
Construction on the $38 million project began in April 2013 and is scheduled to be complete by July 1, Evans said. Advertisements for student housing have been released, and officials expect the dormitory will be filled to capacity for the fall semester.
Martin Hall was designed by Jenkins Peer, and project work is being done by Holder Construction, Evans said.
While rain always affects any type of soil work, she said, recent work largely has been inside the building, and winter weather has not caused delays.
The duration of the road closure will depend on weather conditions and other factors, Evans said, but officials believe all of Cameron Boulevard will be reopen before spring commencement in May.