UTEP Miners used to being dropped off between the University Bookstore and the Sun Bowl Parking Garage (PG-1) will be redirected to an official campus drop-off/pickup point in the nearby S-3 parking lot at the southwest corner of University Avenue and Sun Bowl Drive.
The University also has relocated a Miner Metro shuttle stop to Miner Alley across from the Fox Fine Arts Center from its previous spot in front of PG-1. An electronic traffic control gate will be installed on the road between the bookstore and PG-1 just beyond the visitors’ parking entrance.
The changes will enhance pedestrian safety and traffic flow in the area, said Greg McNicol, associate vice president for business affairs – facilities management.
UTEP has several official drop-off/pickup sites strategically placed around campus. They are the southeast corner of Rim Road and Hawthorne Street, and the following parking lots: P-4 (Schuster Avenue and Prospect Street either at Prospect or close to the pathway under the roundabout), P-5 (Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts), S-5 (at Randolph Drive and Robinson Avenue near Kidd Field), and P-12 (Oregon Street and Robinson Avenue). There also is a second drop-off zone in S-3 close to the pedestrian bridge stair/elevator tower.
The campus community can expect all lanes of traffic to re-open on Oregon Street between University Avenue and Glory Road before the start of school on Aug. 22, 2016. Oregon Street also will re-open to northbound and southbound traffic between University Avenue and Schuster Avenue by Aug. 22; however, lane restrictions will remain in place there. Lane restrictions also will remain in place on University Avenue at Oregon.
Parts of Oregon Street had been closed at different times since February 2016 so contractors could relocate utilities, place rail, and repave sections of the street as part of the El Paso Streetcar Project. Construction of the El Paso Streetcar Project is being managed by the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA).
“The University appreciates the hard work done by the CRRMA and its contractor to meet their schedule while respecting the needs of the campus community,” McNicol said.