Work Under Way on Transitway Projects

Work is under way on the third and fourth phases of Southeast Missouri State University’s Transitway project.

Beginning this week, the east portion of Circle Drive running behind Academic Hall is inaccessible while it is rerouted and repaved, said Keith Kimmel, construction project manager. When the project is completed, vehicular traffic will enter the east portion of Circle Drive from Pacific Street, about 150 feet north of the corner of Pacific and Normal. Under the current configuration, vehicles enter the drive from Normal Avenue.

Circle Drive will become a two-way drive, and a new sidewalk will be built from the corner of Pacific and Normal, running parallel along the west side of the new drive, Kimmel said. The project also will include resealing and reorganizing the angled parking area behind Academic Hall, between Carnahan and Serena. A portion of this project will include the construction of a pavilion in the island currently in this parking area, he said. The pavilion will provide shelter for riders waiting for the shuttle during inclement weather.

Work on the fourth phase of the Transitway project also has begun. During this phase, a new walkway will be constructed on the east side of Dempster Hall and along the north side of Lot 6 serving the science complex, Kimmel said. In addition, a new pavilion for shuttle riders will be constructed at the corner of Greek Drive and Greek Drive Extension.

Throughout the summer, there will be no thru traffic on Greek Drive from the intersection at the corner of Henderson and New Madrid, he said. During the work period, the science complex will be accessible only from Greek Drive Extension at the intersection of New Madrid, near the Student Recreation Center. Two-way traffic will be permitted on Greek Drive Extension throughout the summer.

The contractor for both phases of the project is Nip Kelley Equipment Co. Work in both areas is expected to be completed by Aug. 2, Kimmel said.