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Osler Drive to close over break

12 March 2014 By Cody Boteler, Assistant News Editor No Comments
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Mandi Marcus/ The Towerlight

UPDATE: According to CFO and VP for Administration and Finance Joe Oster, the potential for accumulating snow will delay the construction work by 24 hours. Osler Drive will now be close on Tuesday the 18 instead of Monday the 17.

The section of Osler Drive between Towsontown Blvd. and Cross Campus Drive will be closed from Monday, March 17 and Friday, March 21. The section of the road is closing so that construction of the pedestrian bridge can begin over the roadway.

“Weather permitting, we’re scheduled for the whole week,” Director of Construction Services Scott Guckert said.

Emergency vehicles that have to make it through Osler Drive will be rerouted through West Village.

Guckert also said that the contractors of the project are currently scheduled to work long days. A press release from Towson University noted that the workday is anticipated to be from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day that the road is closed.

Construction of the pedestrian bridge will not be completed during Spring Break. According to Guckert, construction is anticipated to be completed during the late summer, and the bridge should be open in time for the fall semester.

This is scheduled to be the only time that construction closes an entire section of the road. Later in the project, however, there will be lane closures to accommodate some construction, like concrete pouring, according to Guckert.

Guckert added that no overhead construction will be done, and no lanes will be closed, during rush hours.

Towson University gave proper notice to the surrounding community, President of the Greater Towson Council of Community Associations Paul Hartman said.
“[The University gave] people plenty of time,” Hartman said.

Richard Reinhardt, Assistant to the President for Governmental Relations, announced the road closure at last month’s GTCCA meeting.

Hartman said that the meeting was not the first time that the community was alerted of the closing, but that he thought it was the first time that it was announced to the council at large.

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