After months of preparation and construction, the realigned southern section of Kellogg Drive will open to drivers at 5:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 21.
The former route of Kellogg Drive, which ran along the Residential Suites and Scolinos Field, will be closed and barriers will divert drivers to the realigned road. The new portion of Kellogg Drive will link commuters from South Campus Drive to Red Gum Lane.
Officers from the Department of Parking & Transportation Services will provide traffic control at the juncture of Red Gum Lane and realigned Kellogg Drive. Electronic message boards and signs will alert drivers approaching the realigned road.
The new Kellogg Drive will contain two northbound lanes and two southbound lanes with a center median. However, the installation of sidewalks and gutters on the new Kellogg Drive near South Campus Drive will narrow that stretch of road to one lane in each direction until Sept. 20.
When the fall quarter starts, the realigned Kellogg Drive will have one dedicated bike lane on each side. A pedestrian walkway is planned on the side of the street facing the new student housing project. The last component of the realigned road is the planting of Chinese elm trees in landscaped parkways on each side of the road in the coming months.
Stop signs were installed in mid-July at the intersection of Kellogg Drive and Red Gum Lane as the new road was being constructed. New traffic signals are scheduled to arrive in late August, and will be installed and turned on at the intersection in early or mid-September.
Last May, to prepare for the start of the realignment project, a 500-foot stretch of Eucalyptus Lane was permanently closed, including its intersection at Red Gum Lane.
Crews worked through blistering summer heatwaves to grade the land for the realigned road, construct sidewalks and gutters, and install underground utility lines. Nutrient-rich top soil uncovered by the grading process has been set aside and will be used for landscaping at the housing complex, advancing the university’s efforts in sustainability.
The months-long project by the Department of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction to realign the road allows room for the start of construction on the Student Housing Replacement Project, which consists of two eight-story mid-rise towers that contain 980 beds and encompass 280,000 square feet. A dining commons facility that can accommodate 680 students at a time also is part of the complex.