Construction to Limit Traffic along Aquia Creek Lane

Posted: May 14, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Dave Andrews

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With the construction of several exciting new projects on the Fairfax Campus moving into high gear this summer, changes are afoot.

To avoid dispersed construction delays across the entire campus, the bulk of the interruptions to normal campus operations will be confined to the area along Aquia Creek Lane (formerly George Mason Boulevard, the road that runs between Thompson Hall and the Johnson Center circle).

Beginning in June, the road — which is usually a thoroughfare for service vehicles, pick-up/drop-off passenger autos and Mason Pond Parking Deck patrons — will be indefinitely limited to parking deck permit holders only. As parking procedures change at the deck, spaces reserved for permit holders can only be accessed through the third-level entrance on Aquia Creek Lane.

“We realize that initially this will create some minor inconveniences for people trying to drive to the center of campus,” says Josh Cantor, director of parking and transportation. “But this is definitely the best time of year to begin imposing the road restrictions, allowing people to adjust before the fall semester begins.”

With vehicular access limited on Aquia Creek Lane to construction vehicles and deck permit holders, all other traffic will be advised to use alternate routes. Pedestrian paths will be adjusted to circumvent the construction sites. Handicapped parking spaces next to Student Union Building I (SUB I) will temporarily remain until the spaces are relocated and disabled access pathways to and from Mason Pond Parking Deck are finished.

The road restrictions are the result of three projects already in progress along Aquia Creek Lane: the Aquia Building (data center and swing space), the Center for Student Success (addition to SUB I) and the de Laski Performing Arts Building (addition).

Both the Aquia Building and the Performing Arts Building are expected to be completed by summer 2010. The Aquia Building will centralize many Information Technology Unit offices, relocate the data center from Thompson Hall, and add swing space and multipurpose rooms. The addition to the Performing Arts Building will include dance and percussion studios, as well as an orchestra and band rehearsal hall.

Construction of the Center for Student Success will be even more extensive, with completion expected in the spring of 2011. This addition to SUB I will bring together all enrollment services, making the building a one-stop destination for all new students. It will also house the offices for Academic and Career Services.

Further traffic updates will be announced as soon as they become available. Information can also be found on the Building Patriot Pride web site, as well as the Parking Services web site. If you have specific questions, please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation at 703-993-2710.

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