WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue University Physical Facilities reports have provided notes on some current and upcoming traffic and parking disruptions on campus.
– The closure of Stadium Mall Drive for the gateway project near Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering is now scheduled to continue until Oct. 24. Sidewalks remain open.
– The area immediately in front of the Hovde Hall steps is off limits to motorized vehicles, including club cars and scooters, throughout this year during restoration of the utility tunnel between Hovde and the Purdue Mall fountain (Class of 1939 water sculpture). Four planters are in place to indicate the prohibited area.
– Phased work on sidewalks along Horticulture Drive will continue until late November. The work is part of the campus-wide repair of utility tunnel tops. The project soon will include Agricultural Mall and lane restrictions on Marsteller Street near the Transformation sculpture at the east end of Agricultural Mall.
– The area around Wetherill Laboratory of Chemistry (WTHR) and the North Power Plant (HPN) will see completion of some work but will have continued disruptions. The High Voltage Project’s vault expansion is nearly done, but temporary substations will remain for a time and will be in a fenced area west of Wetherill along Centennial Mall and near Central Drive. Central will be closed.
Meanwhile, fencing of other areas around the North Power Plant is beginning due to concerns about masonry on that building’s exterior. This restriction will affect parking and pedestrian access along the east and south sides of the plant. However, other parking spaces in the lot will remain usable. Pedestrians will be able to move east-west south of the plant by staying near Wetherill. The east entry (from the lot) to Convocations will be closed, but Convocations’ west entry (on Centennial Mall) will be open. The south (lot) entry to the Engineering Administration Building will remain open.