Orange cones dominate the BYU campus these days. With something seemingly always under construction, many students may ask, “When does it end?” The answer is that the final phase of the Campus Drive redesign project will hopefully be done by the start of the fall semester.
The third phase of the Campus Drive redesign is under way and should be completed by the time school rolls around at the end of August. The redesign makes campus a safer place for students who aren’t driving. Whether they travel by foot, bicycle, unicycle, or scooter, students need to know they are safe from traffic.
The redesign began on May 4, 2013, with the remaking of Campus Drive in front of the law building. The famous bridge reaching from the Wilkinson Center to the law building was taken down, and the road was remade into a walkway just for pedestrians. This phase was complete on August 15, 2013.
Phase two took the part of Campus Drive north of the administration building and turned it into extra parking. This project was started on May 2, 2015, and finished at the end of August 2015.
Phase three will see the intersection between the Hinckley Center and the Jesse Knight Building parking lot moved eastward with a new median also being put in. There will be a one way road south and a one way road north. It will be complete with trees, and an additional drop-off zone will be built in front of the Hinckley Center.
In addition to changing the intersection, the redesign will make changes to the drop-off zone north of the Jesse Knight Building. It will also feature a walkway that will span the JKB parking lot between the Hinckley Center and the administration building.
“Overall, the idea is to make this place a little bit better, so pedestrians, cars, and bikes can move through that space easier,” said Emily Hellewell, a university spokesperson.
Writer: Collin Smith
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