Campus Road and Utility Projects for Summer 2021

Traffic on major thoroughfares and some parking spaces will be affected through August

Construction barrels line Campus Drive. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
Construction barrels line Campus Drive. Photo by Stephen Schramm.

While the summer of 2021 will feature a smaller number of major construction and utility projects unfolding at Duke, there will be work that will affect the way traffic moves on and around campus.

Here’s what you need to know about summer construction.

Maxwell Sewer Replacement at Smith Warehouse

Sewer replacement work has begun near Smith Warehouse. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: Sections of the sewer lines that serve Smith Warehouse will be replaced.

What to expect: Maxwell Street will be closed near the intersection with Buchanan Avenue until May 19. The section of the parking lot near Bay 2 of Smith Warehouse will be closed until June 1 and the section near Bay 3 will be closed from June 2-9.

Expected completion: Work is expected to be completed in June.

Upper Allen Parking Lot

The Upper Allen Parking Lot will be closed for a portion of this summer. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: After several nearby projects took a toll on the condition of the Upper Allen Lot, the lot will be resurfaced and curbs will be upgraded.

What to expect: The Upper Allen Lot will be closed temporarily, making 95 parking spots unavailable. The Lower Allen Lot will remain open.

Expected timeline: Details are still being finalized, but the work is expected to start and end this summer. This page will be updated with more information.

Campus Drive Repaving

A portion of Campus Drive will be closed for much of the summer. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: The next leg of the multi-year repaving project of Campus Drive will take place through August 6.

What to expect: Campus Drive will be closed to traffic in both directions between Anderson Avenue to Oregon Street.

Detour: Motorists can go around the closed section by using Anderson Avenue and Oregon Street to access Erwin Road.

Expected completion: Work began on the project this week and it’s expected to be completed by August 6.

 

Research Drive Crosswalk and Utility Work

What’s happening: A crosswalk across Research Drive will be replaced and drain lines, man hole covers and chilled water system components will be repaired or replaced.

What to expect: Research Drive between Erwin Road and Genome Court will be closed from July 6 to July 11. Traffic bound for Parking Garage No. 9 and Genome Court will need to enter campus via LaSalle Street. This detour will make some of the parallel parking spots along sections of LaSalle Street unavailable.

Expected completion: Work is expected to be completed around July 11.

 

Academy Road Waterline Extension

Academy Road near West Campus will soon be the site of utility work. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: The project, which is being managed by the City of Durham’s Department of Water Management, will install 1,800 feet of new waterlines along Academy Road near West Campus between Duke University Boulevard and Cranford Road.

What to expect: While two-way traffic on Academy Road will be maintained while work is being completed, there will be temporary lane closures.

Expected timeline: Work is slated to begin on May 17 and will conclude in August. Follow city project updates here.

 

East Campus Utility Work

Utility work will require parts of some East Campus parking lots to be closed at points this summer. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: Underground cables for the campus high voltage system will be replaced in part of East Campus. 

What to expect: Parking lots by Brown and Wilson residence halls will temporarily lose an undetermined number of spaces.

Expected timeline: Details are being worked out, but work could begin as early as June and is expected to be finished by November. This page will be updated with more information.

Towerview Road

A repaving a sidewalk replacement project on Towerview Road will be completed next month. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: A repaving and sidewalk replacement project along Towerview Road will conclude this summer.

What to expect: As work continues, there will be occasional lane closures and construction-related traffic.

Expected timeline: The work will wrap up in June.

Flowers Drive Water Line Replacement

A water line replacement project will keep the area around Flowers Drive busy. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: The second of three phases of work on a water line project will affect parking near Flowers Drive.

What to expect: Around 12 spaces in the Duke Clinics Service Lot are unavailable.

Expected timeline: Work on this phase should be complete by end of May. The timing of the third phase, which will require temporary lane closures on Flowers Drive, is being determined. This page will be updated with more information.

Levine Science and Research Center ADA Crosswalk

The driveway between the Levine Science and Research Center and the North Building will get a new raised crosswalk this summer. Photo by Stephen Schramm.
What’s happening: A raised crosswalk, which will comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, will be constructed across the driveway between the Levine Science and Research Center and the North Building.

What to expect: Access to the driveway between the two buildings will be restricted to emergency and construction vehicles.

Expected timeline: Exact timing is yet to be determined, but the work is expected to take place this summer. This page will be updated with more information.

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