Be prepared for traffic.
While students and parents unload boxes and say some tearful goodbyes at the end of the month, Sharp Avenue will remain closed from Pearl Street to Hamilton Street for renovations.
Director of Housing and Residence Life Jon Wheeler said it’s very rare to see such severe road work during move-in weekend.
“This is not ideal in any stretch of the imagination,” he said.
The project will reduce the number of lanes to one each way.
The new street will also include bike lanes, narrower crossings for pedestrians, wider medians and improved stormwater drainage.
The street is expected to open at the end of October, said Marlene Feist, director of strategic development for the city’s public works department.
Wheeler said the closure will affect almost every student attempting to move in to on- or off-campus housing.
“The congestion in those alleways is going to be pretty significant,” Wheeler said. “It’s really only wide enough for one lane.”
Housing and Residence Life have instructions for new students and maps at Gonzaga.edu/movein.
The stretch has been closed since June 11.
Feist said the changes will give Sharp a “boulevard feel.”
Wheeler said the road closure could be a safety issue for students after moving in.
“I know students will want to cross to get into the Logan Neighborhood,” he said. “If it’s at night and they’re on foot, it could be kind of tricky.”
For students traveling to campus from the neighborhood, Standard Street and Lidgerwood Street have some access across Sharp.
“I’ve been told, and I hope it’s true ,that at least one of those will be open at all times through construction so folks can either ride their bikes across it or for foot traffic,” Wheeler said.
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