North Mid-Campus Drive to close next week due to facilities work

The Claflin Road entrance to Mid-Campus Drive will be closing soon for the construction of the new chilled water line. (George Walker | The Collegian)

The north entrance to Mid-Campus Drive, between Claflin and Old Claflin (east of Call Hall) will close next week to make way for a new chilled water line installation and the development of the pedestrian walkway on 17th Street, according to an email from Roberta Johnson, senior director of administrative and IT services at Hale Library.

The rest of Mid-Campus Drive will close on May 16, which is the Monday after classes end for the semester. With the total closing of Mid-Campus Drive, the road from the corner of Shellenberger Hall to the corner of Eisenhower Hall will be fenced off.

In her email, Johnson said the part of the facilities work that will require a total closure of Mid-Campus Drive is expected to last until Oct. 5.

Johnson said that due to the future street work on Mid-Campus Drive east of Hale Library, contractors will be in the library “replacing valves and other control devices that will be needed to regulate the new chilled water connections” starting next week. The work will take place on all floors of the library, but will be mostly confined to maintenance rooms.

“The impact for us will be that all mail, UPS, and FedEx deliveries and pickups for Hale will be done at Dykstra, and also the Kansas Library courier exchanges,” Johnson’s email said. “Building Services staff will make multiple runs to Dykstra each day to ensure continued timely sending and receiving of mail and packages. After May 16, larger deliveries for Hale Library will be routed to the Annex whenever possible, and Hale IT deliveries will be routed to their location at Lafene. Branch and Annex deliveries will continue from the loading dock for as long as possible, hopefully through mid-July.”

According to Johnson, the expected dates have been given by the contractor and depend on weather situations.

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