Facilities summer construction projects improve campus roadways and parking


By Trey Wood

In preparation for students returning to campus, Facilities undertook several roadway and parking changes, both to increase roadway safety and allow for a more satisfying parking experience while on campus.

The most significant change was to South Donahue Drive, which was restriped from four lanes to two to add buffer lanes for bicyclists on both sides of the road, as well as dedicated turning lanes from South College Street to West Samford Avenue.

“Over a three-year period, there were 76 crashes along this corridor,” University Traffic Engineer Ben Burmester said, “and this treatment could be used to possibly correct 40 of those crashes with lower speeds and provisions for left turning vehicles.”

Some traffic signals and intersections at South Donahue and Lem Morrison Drive and South College Street also were modified to fit the requirement of the new lanes.

With the completion of the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center, a new parking lot was created with clearance for C-Zone drivers in addition to a “Fine Arts Line” bus route set to service the area, along with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art.

Additional parking projects completed this summer were:

  • Additional parking located in the Hayfields near the AU Medical Center.
  • Additional West Campus parking.
  • New South College Parking Deck with a crosswalk along South College Street.
  • The Allison parking lot on Biggio Drive was moved to the top of the Stadium Parking Deck.

Resurfacing and improvements competed were:

  • Resurfacing of the Coliseum parking lot.
  • Asphalt repair and patching at the Hill residence halls.
  • Sidewalk improvements at Lem Morrison and West Samford Avenue.
  • A new sidewalk at Lem Morrison and Donahue Drive with a transit stop at the Medical Clinic.


Last Updated: September 04, 2019