North Woodlawn Avenue open from IMU to Memorial Stadium
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- As part of a broad, multi-phase initiative to establish a new north-south corridor through the Indiana University Bloomington campus, construction to extend North Woodlawn Avenue to Memorial Stadium has been completed.
Development of the new travel corridor between the stadium and the Indiana Memorial Union was a primary goal of the Bloomington Campus Master Plan adopted in 2009. The project has involved relocation of major utilities, construction of a new roadway crossing, and bike lanes and other safety improvements.
In connection with the project, the intersection of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue was widened this summer. That project included new turn lanes, lighting and signals to allow traffic -- particularly buses -- sufficient space and signaling to safely complete left turns onto North Woodlawn Avenue.
Major utilities relocations were needed where Woodlawn intersects with 10th and 12th streets, and before work could begin at these intersections.
Soon, a new IU gateway element will be in place at the intersection of 10th Street and Woodlawn Avenue.
“A primary goal of the IU Bloomington Master Plan was to better connect the campus from north to south, while improving pedestrian and vehicular access,” said IU Vice President for Capital Planning and Facilities Thomas Morrison. “This improved roadway also will serve planned growth along this corridor, including Luddy Hall and Marching Hundred Hall, as well as many future projects.”
Motor vehicle traffic, including bus service, is now using the extended portion of the street from 13th to 17th streets. New sidewalks and bike lanes between 10th and 12th streets can’t be completed until after construction is finished on Luddy Hall, the new home of the IU School of Informatics and Computing.
Completion of the Woodlawn Avenue roadway also will allow for new and improved public bus routes from the athletics complex into the main campus.
“We saw with this past weekend’s football game that the construction of this new north-south corridor from the athletics campus to the Indiana Memorial Union has already improved traffic flow for pedestrians and vehicles alike,” Morrison said.
“I also want to commend the efforts made by our colleagues with the City of Bloomington to assist us in completing these projects. Our continued partnership with the city is a key to ensuring well-planned connections between the IUB campus and the Bloomington community.”
To acquire an at-grade railroad crossing at North Woodlawn Avenue, an existing crossing at Walnut Grove Street has been closed to allow rail traffic to move efficiently. Work will begin soon to terminate Walnut Grove Street from each direction to vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the tracks.
Three major new facilities are planned for Woodlawn Avenue. They are Luddy Hall and Marching Hundred Hall, which are both scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017; and the new home for Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, which is scheduled for completion during the current academic year.
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