The inventory of parking spots on campus will see an increase this fall quarter after the renovation of one overflow lot and the addition of another.
The lot at Kellogg Drive and Valley Boulevard, which is near the Red Cross building, has been paved and will reopen in the fall with about 500 spaces available for students.
A second gravel overflow lot, across from Innovation Brew Works at Innovation Way and Temple Avenue, will provide an estimated 175 spaces. Shuttle stops will be added to service the two lots, with C Route to service the lot near the Red Cross and A Route to service the lot across from Brew Works.
The need for the additional spaces is driven by two factors.
“We think the demand will be there based on increased enrollment and the lack of parking due to the construction of parking structure II,” says Mike Biagi, director of parking and transportation services.
Construction on what is known as Lot K, which is located next to iPoly High School, began in the spring. The new parking garage, slated to open in the fall of 2016, is on schedule and on budget, Biagi says.
The structure will provide approximately 1,825 spaces. It is much smaller than the six-level garage near Lot C and was built just one floor above ground level on purpose, he says.
“It’s designed to preserve the views in the area,” he adds. “We didn’t want to build a parking structure that would dwarf the high school complex. It’s meant to be built long and low.”
Besides construction on the parking lots, plans are underway to improve the signal timing at two key intersections on campus to help traffic flow.
Improved signaling is planned for Temple Avenue and University Drive. A second left turn lane for cars turning onto University from Temple will be added. Signal work is also scheduled at Temple and South Campus Drive. A second right turn lane onto Temple from South Campus also will be added. The road improvements will be implemented as the parking structure is built, and campus will receive notice well in advance of any construction, Biagi says.