Maps, Parking & Traffic Information.
Subject: Employee Workaround Routes for West Circle Closure
Employee "workaround" routes have been developed to suggest the most efficient routes depending on how you approach campus and your desired employee lot.
Subject: Caltrans Construction Starting August 24
Caltrans is making improvements on State Route 22 (SR-22/7th Street). Construction will begin August 24, 2017 and continue through winter 2018. For more information see Caltrans Construction Notice.
As you know, the West Campus Circle Turnaround is under construction to improve the storm drainage system. The Turnaround is CLOSED to all traffic except Long Beach Transit buses, campus shuttles and construction vehicles. Drivers of private vehicles have ignored posted signage and continued to use the Turnaround, resulting in safety concerns for those working in the area. It is imperative that all drivers obey directional signage to avoid injury to construction workers as well as traffic accidents. University Police will ticket drivers who ignore posted warnings regarding road closures or alternative routes.
I understand this construction and the disruption it causes is frustrating. The construction team has made every effort to develop the best and most practical solutions to mitigate or minimize traffic congestion. Signage, barriers and marquees are in place to inform drivers of the best alternative routes. Future communications with employees and students will reinforce those safe, alternative routes. Such communications will include social media and other online communication techniques, such as Google Maps and Waze.
As always, I appreciate your attention to safety on our campus.
Vice President, Administration and Finance
Important Warning: Disruption to Campus Traffic Routes July 17 through November 7
A major campus wide utility infrastructure improvement project begins this summer. The first phase of this project focuses on the West Campus Drive Turnaround, which will be closed to vehicle traffic, including bicycles. Primary construction at the Turnaround will be upgrading the existing storm drain system. In addition, deteriorated concrete pavement will be replaced and landscape elements in upper Brotman Hall plaza upgraded.
This construction will prevent travel across campus via the Turnaround. We are providing the following information now to allow ample time for you to plan an alternative route that avoids using the West Campus Turnaround.
West Campus Drive at the Beach Drive intersection (i.e., West Campus Turnaround) will be closed to through traffic from Monday, July 17 through Tuesday, November 7. Please see the map depicting the road closures. The Turnaround should be avoided during the closure. Please adjust your routes to and from campus to accommodate this road closure.
All parking lots will remain open during construction. But please note that upper campus parking lots 4, 5 and 6 will only be accessible from West Campus Drive, 7th Street entrance. It will not be possible to access these lots from campus entrances at Bellflower Boulevard, Earl Warren Drive or Merriam Way because the West Campus Turnaround will be closed to through traffic.
Similarly, it will not be possible to access lower campus parking lots 1, 3, 13, 14, 15, 16 17, 18, 19, 20 and parking structure 1 via West Campus Drive because the West Campus Turnaround will be closed to through traffic.
It will be possible to access lots 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and parking structures 2 and 3 via the East Campus Drive entrance off 7th Street. However, reaching these lots will be far easier from Atherton Street or Palo Verde Avenue.
July 17 through November 07, Long Beach Transit bus routes 91, 92, 93, 94, 96 ZAP, 121, and 171 will be affected as follows:
Northbound (outbound) buses entering campus from 7th Street to West Campus Drive will continue along their normal routes and exit Bellflower Boulevard with the minor modification of relocating the bus stop at the West Turnaround to just west of the turnaround.
Southbound buses (inbound) that would normally enter campus from Bellflower Boulevard will detour to Atherton Street, enter campus from Earl Warren Drive, turn right onto Beach Drive and drop off at a temporary bus stop placed at Beach Drive/Earl Warren Drive. These southbound buses will then exit campus at Bellflower Boulevard. Detour route information will be included on the Long Beach Transit website no later than Sunday, July 16.
An accessible path of travel for pedestrians will be available at all times.
Bicycles and Skateboards
Due to the heavy congestion and potentially narrow walkways that will occur in the West Turnaround this area will remain a dismount zone. All coasting devices must be walked and will not be allowed in the roadway.
Regular updates will be provided through email, social media, and the Maps, Parking, & Traffic website.
Clearly, this closure will have major effects on the campus. The project team is working closely with staff, faculty and students whose operations are affected by this construction to minimize the inconvenience and develop alternative paths of travel.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as we conduct this very important deferred maintenance project, which is critical if we are to continue building The Beach. Fortunately, the inconvenience is temporary.
If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact Physical Planning and Facilities Management Customer Service at 5-4357.