Mid-Campus Drive closed for utility upgrades, construction of multicultural student center

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In order to prepare for construction of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, utility lines on Mid-Campus Drive are being updated on the east side of the K-State Student Union. The road could be closed through December. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

Mid-Campus Drive on the east side of the K-State Student Union will be closed until the spring semester to upgrade sewer, water and gas lines. Due to the closure, students will not be able to use the east exit for the parking garage.

“The upgrade to the utility lines is being completed in advance of the construction of the multicultural center on the east side of the Union to provide utilities to the new facility,” said Cindy Bontrager, vice president for administration and finance.

Construction of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center will begin after upgrades to the utilities are completed. Mid-Campus Drive will most likely be closed for a large portion of construction, said Adrian Rodriguez, associate vice president for diversity and multicultural student affairs

“What we don’t want to do is open the road, close the road, open the road,” Rodriguez said.

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In order to prepare for construction of the Morris Family Multicultural Student Center, utility lines on Mid-Campus Drive are being updated on the east side of the K-State Student Union. The road could be closed through December. (Bailey Britton | Collegian Media Group)

The earliest the road could reopen is the spring semester. However, Rodriguez said that could change.

“That too is subject to construction schedule and when we start to see certain phases completed and so forth,” Rodriguez said. “Obviously, we want to create as little disruption as possible, but we don’t want to cause confusion either.”

Rodriguez also said the east exit to the Union would be closed at some point during construction as a safety precaution.

Alternative streets to drive on the south side of campus are Vattier Street, 17th Street and 14th Street connected to the parking lot next to the Beach Museum of Art, Bontrager said.

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Bailey Britton
My name is Bailey Britton and I am the editor-in-chief of the Collegian. Previously, I have been the assistant news editor and the managing editor. I have also interned for the Manhattan Mercury and the Colby Free Press. I grew up in Colby, Kansas, and I am a junior in journalism and English. Through the Collegian, I aim to provide the K-State community with quality news coverage while we learn to serve our campus.