Construction Update May 4 2016 - Excavation Starts Thursday

May. 4, 2016

Construction Update May 4 2016 - Excavation Starts Thursday
A rendering of the Interdisciplinary Science Building

ST. LOUIS - On Wednesday, May 4, 2016, the University and Paric Corporation received the final approval to begin the excavation and dirt removal for the Interdisciplinary Science Building. The excavation will begin Thursday, May 5.

During this phase:

  • Large trucks will enter and exit Lot K between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday for the next month to pick up loads of dirt and rock for disposal. Approximately 21,000 cubic yards of dirt will be removed.
  • The trucks will use Big Bend Boulevard to travel between the campus and Highway 44. Flagmen will be stationed off of Big Bend Blvd., the drive that leads to Lots K and J, and Lot K to control the flow of traffic on and off of Lot K. 
  • While there is a plan to reduce dust and dirt, there still will be more dust in the air than normal during this phase, causing cars parked nearby to be dirtier than normal.
  • Subsurface drilling of piers will cause more noise than usual.

The number of available parking spaces available in Lot K will not be further affected during excavation; construction workers are parking off site and being shuttled to campus each day so they do not take up spaces on campus. However, University community members are encouraged to continue the following measures during this process, including:

  • Consider parking lot alternatives to Lot K, which is where large trucks will be moving in and out throughout the excavation.
  • Remember that space on the top levels of the parking garage are often available even when other lots are full. Lot O (west of the parking garage) also will be open through the month of May.
  • Inform and encourage faculty, students, and staff to allow extra time for commuting to campus because the scheduled construction activities could cause temporary traffic congestion in the areas around the construction site.
  • For those who live near campus please consider taking public transportation or biking to campus. The University’s UPass provides students, faculty and staff with free transit on Metro buses and MetroLink. Bike racks are available throughout campus, and a bike maintenance station is installed outside the University Center.
  • The University will continue to explore other parking options as the construction project continues.

The entire project, including the expansion of the parking garage, is expected to be completed in July of 2017. Please watch Webster Today or the University’s online newsroom for more announcements and updates about the project.



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