Road construction work creates new challenges

As if moving back into a residence hall or preparing to start another school year of work wasn’t challenging enough, many returning to the University this semester will get a close look at the construction and traffic disruptions for the first time.

But there is some good news — everything is progressing as planned.

The work along Forsyth Boulevard, where a new roadway will connect the South 40 to Forsyth, is nearing completion. The traffic signal for that new intersection has been ordered and is scheduled for installation in October.

In addition, the Houston Way and Chauvenet Way entrances were permanently closed in late July to increase safety along Forsyth.

And although it might not look like it, the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Forsyth just east of West Campus is on track. The work there will continue for several more months, and it’s unlikely that any form of traffic relief in that area will be seen during this academic year.

Forest Park Parkway is now closed from Central Avenue in Clayton all the way to DeBaliviere Avenue. However, the parkway will remain open from Skinker Boulevard to Throop Drive for University access for the duration of the project. The full parkway will not be completely open to traffic again until late 2005.

The pedestrian overpass by the Power Plant will be replaced next summer by a larger overpass.

Pedestrians will also be able to cross the parkway at Skinker and at Big Bend Boulevard on clearly marked crosswalks.

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