Construction beginning on Mary Hardin-Baylor campus
Saturday, 23 June 2012 by Matthew Girard
Construction crews will soon be busy as work begins on the 9th Avenue/University Drive and Crusader Way projects.
The projects are a part of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor's Master Plan for improvements.
The 9th Avenue/University Drive project includes replacing storm drain facilities and Crusader Way will be moved closer to the rail road tracks for the creation of more parking. Both projects are in conjunction with the university building its new on-campus football stadium.
According to UMHB Associate Vice President for Campus Planning Bob Pattee, the work is still in its initial phases.
"We are still locating all of the city utilities and coming up with a plan on how we can either relocate or install temporary services and then permanent completion," Pattee said of the 9th Avenue/University Drive project.
Beginning on June 9, the intersection of 9th Avenue and University Drive was closed and will re-open on June 20th. Pattee said the project will be completely done around July 20. Crusader Way was closed Monday and is expected to be finished by the start of school in the fall.
"They are in the process of mobilizing and setting up signs and doing their survey work for the storm-water system," Pattee said of the Crusader Way project. "They will actually probably begin digging Thursday or Friday. We had to move Crusader Way to create more parking on the north side of campus. What we are trying to do is establish parking on the perimeter of the campus."
During the construction, alternate routes include University Drive north of 9th, to Crusader Way, to Loop 121, to W. 2nd Avenue to Main Street.
For more information about the construction and alternate routes, contact City of Belton Public Works Director Les Hallbauer at (254) 933-5823.