ASC construction necessitates traffic detours

(05-18-2010)

Construction work on several aspects of Adams State College's North Campus Transformation project has begun or will shortly, necessitating some road closures and detours in the vicinity, according to Erik van de Boogaard, associate vice president of Facilities Planning, Design & Construction. He suggests motorists avoid the affected streets if at all possible.

Work began this week to realign Monterey Ave. between El Rio and Stadium, to facilitate traffic flow once the southernmost block of Stadium drive is vacated. Currently, El Rio intersects Monterey at Trinity Lutheran Church, jogs north, and turns west to Stadium. The realignment will extend Monterey northward and curve diagonally to the northwest to join Stadium. Monterey will revert to two-way traffic once the project is finished. In conjunction with that project will be landscaping and site work just north of Coronado Hall.

Work has begun to extend Monterey northwestward, to facilitate traffic flow.

Work has begun to extend Monterey northwestward, to facilitate traffic flow.

Crews have also begun remodeling the Student Union Building's loading dock, so that deliveries do not interfere with traffic on Monterey.

While this work is underway, streets will be closed as follows, with access permitted for local traffic:

  • Stadium Dr. northbound from First St.
  • Monterey at the junction of El Rio, detours east on El Sol
  • Monterey northbound from First St., detours north on Sierra
  • El Rio west of Sierra

Plans tentatively call for the Monterey realignment to be completed by mid-July and for the loading dock to be completed in early August, van de Boogaard said.

Work is planned to start next week on the new North Campus Green and pedestrian mall that will be sited on what is currently Stadium Drive, between the Student Union Building and the new Residences at Rex, which are already under construction. That project should wrap up in late August.

Adams State will begin work in early June on a new soccer/lacrosse field and parking to be located east of Plachy Hall on the site of the current football practice field. The synthetic turf field will accommodate ASC's varsity and junior varsity teams in men's and women's soccer and lacrosse, as well as men's and women's club soccer teams. The college's softball field may be relocated north of its present site; that work would begin in late August.

Adams State is also remodeling two additional residence hall areas, Coronado D wing and Girault South, both of which will be completed in August. The Residences at Rex, featuring 16 four-bedroom apartments, will also be complete in August.

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By Julie Waechter