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Pedestrian Underpass scheduled for completion in December

Photo of Chancellor Brady at Underpass construction siteStudents living in Spartan Village soon will be able to walk to and from campus through a new tunnel constructed under the railroad corridor.

With completion expected in late December, the underpass will provide a safe passage for pedestrians and bicyclists to UNCG’s main campus. It exits campus just south of the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck, at Forest Street crosses under Oakland Avenue and the railroad corridor, and ends across from the intersection of Lee Street and Glenwood Avenue.

Officials of the North Carolina Railroad, UNCG’s partner in the project, met with Chancellor P. Linda Brady on Oct. 25 to view the progress with Triad news media.

“When we made the decision to expand the campus and to build new residence halls, we knew that access would be a critical factor,” Brady said. “We now have 600 students living in those residence halls. We wanted to ensure that not only students but faculty, staff and residents of the neighborhood had safe and efficient access to the campus.

The line is the major rail artery between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. About 40 trains come by UNCG daily.

Residents of Spartan Village will be the first regular users of the underpass. But it will serve other UNCG projects in the future, such as the new Student Recreation Center and UNCG Police Station. It also will serve the general public, including the surrounding neighborhoods.

Extensive security has been planned for the underpass, which will have cameras and lighting. Its most notable security feature will be the new UNCG Police Station next door, with construction to be completed in 2014.

Full story at UNCG NOW.

By Steve Gilliam
Photograph by Chris English.