James Street is closed until August.

Construction crews are hard at work all across Millersville University’s (MU) campus this summer. From the resurfacing of Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium to the rebuilding of James Street, many improvements are underway.

James Street is receiving a complete overhaul. Running in front of the Student Memorial Center (SMC) and the new Lombardo Welcome Center, James Street is one of the most used roads on campus and has suffered from years of travel and construction. For this project, contractors are completing a full reconstruction of the road and sub-base. They are also replacing sidewalks, crosswalks, curbs and fencing, as well as installing an electric vehicle charging station.

During the project, James Street is closed to all traffic. According to Ron Frisbie of Millersville’s Facilities Department, the project consists of 13 phases that cover all the necessary modifications. Frisbie also indicated that the planned completion date is currently Aug 3.

The walkways are being replaced outside SMC.

Just off of James Street, construction is also taking place outside of the SMC. Crews are in the process of replacing the bricks that compose the walkway between the Student Memorial Center and Gordinier Hall, as well as around Lyle Hall.

According to Ken Brent, also from Millersville’s Facilities Department, the bricks are being replaced due to vehicles traveling across them. Brent stated that they weren’t meant for vehicles and had begun to sink into the sand layer underneath, causing student to trip over them. As a result, the base is being redone in concrete to allow for a more solid hold.

Crews began work on replacing the bricks in late May and the work is expected to be completed this month.

Fencing around Stayer Hall.

Stayer Hall, located at 51 Lyte Rd., is receiving upgrades to its heating and air conditioning systems this summer. A majority of the work is taking place in the west wing of the building, but it will have an effect on all of Stayer by the end of the project. As a result, the hall that houses most education major courses will be closed for the summer. The project began on May 14 and will run through Aug. 10. During this time, Stayer employees are located in Lehigh Hall.

Chryst Field at Biemesderfer Stadium is being renovated as well. The project includes replacing the turf field, resurfacing the track around it and correcting drainage issues, both on the field and within the lower concessions area, are all part of the project.

This project is currently scheduled to be completed on June 25. Stadium access is unavailable while the project is being completed.

All construction projects are expected to be completed before the fall semester begins on Aug. 27, so students will come back to a newly renovated campus.

 

 

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