ETSU announces plans for road, area closures

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JOHNSON CITY (May 7, 2013)  – A number of roads on the East Tennessee State University campus will be temporarily closed for the next several weeks as two major construction projects continue.

On Tuesday, May 14, John Robert Bell Drive will be closed from the intersection at State of Franklin Road to the north end of Warf-Pickel Hall, which houses the Claudius G. Clemmer College of Education.  Also closing will be Jack Vest Drive from the intersection of State of Franklin Road across from the entrance to the VA Medical Center campus to the intersection with North Dossett Drive.  This closure includes all parking in Lot 21.

These roads will be closed until Aug. 19 as construction of the new student parking garage is completed and roads are relocated.  During this time, the west end of the ETSU campus will only be accessible from J.L. Seehorn Drive.  Persons needing to park in Lot 22A will need to enter that area from Greenwood Drive.

John Robert Bell Drive will remain closed permanently to create a pedestrian walkway for students using the new parking garage as well as other parking on the west side of campus.

ETSU officials encourage students and visitors to park on the east and south sides of campus during the summer semesters. The new $26.1 million student parking garage is expected to open at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester and will provide 1,224 new parking spaces.

The central portion of campus that will become home to a new green space will also be closed to pedestrians beginning May 14.  In addition to the construction of the green space, entrances to Sam Wilson Hall, Brooks Gymnasium and Ball Hall will be rebuilt. This will be an active construction zone and noise from heavy equipment will occur throughout the day.

The quad will also remain closed until Aug. 19. 

To access maps of the construction areas along with suggested walking paths and the locations of alternative entrances to buildings, visit

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