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Street near construction site to close May 10 as
DCED nears completion
March 18, 2009 --
Vehicle traffic currently using University Loop West
on the Arkansas State University campus will soon have to use alternate
routes to get to university grounds when the street closes May 10, the
day after ASU’s spring commencement.
The closing is related to the upcoming completion of the Delta Center
for Economic Development (DCED). The DCED, located south of the College
of Business Building and across the
street from the Health, Physical Education and Sports Sciences (HPESS)
building, is set for completion this summer.
Phase 1 of construction of an overpass, which will eventually lead to
the closure of University Loop West as a through street, began in
February. The large parking lot south of the Dean B. Ellis Library will
continue to be accessible from the northwest and southeast entrances.
extremely excited about the opportunities the new Delta Center for
Economic Development will attract upon its completion,” said Dr. Len
Frey, dean of ASU’s College of Business. “The presence of this new
facility brings the activities of the Delta Center and other College of
Business outreach programs, which are
presently spread across multiple locations, together on campus.
“It is important to bring faculty, students, and
economic development leaders together in one location. Doing so will
enhance the quality of business education and facilitate economic
development. This building will be the economic showplace of northeast
Arkansas,” concluded Dr. Frey.
Dr. Frey said the new building will feature offices, multiple conference
rooms, and additional classrooms for undergraduate and graduate
students. MBA and other graduate business courses will be taught in the
building during afternoon and evening hours.
“The street closing is a part of the master plan that will eventually
result in creating a safer campus at Arkansas State University,” said
vice chancellor for Student Affairs Dr. Rick Stripling. “Work to tie the
plan together is currently underway.”
The closing of
the street will impact some parking situations in the area around the
College of Business, the Administration Building and along
Cooley Drive (between the College of Business building and the library).
Although some parking spots may be temporarily lost, permanent spots
will be added to the west side of the straight stretch of street
directly in front of the HPESS building. Angled spots were added to the
east side last summer.
Dr. Stripling said the closing of the short stretch of University Loop
West fulfils four objectives:
the winding drive next to the Delta Center construction eliminates a
safety hazard for student pedestrians and drivers,
the street is necessary to complete the parking area around the Delta
action is the next step in ASU’s goal of making the campus pedestrian
friendly and eliminating through traffic, and,
closing is inevitable because of the construction of the overpass.
The Delta Center for Economic Development is expected
to be dedicated in late summer. The center offers assistance in the
areas of regional and community economic development, professional and
workforce training, and small business assistance programs in
conjunction with the College of Business and the Small Business and
Technology Development Center (SBTDC).
The new Delta Center, funded by grants from the U.S. Department of
Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) with additional
funding from the higher education bond issue passed Nov. 7, 2006, brings
the total project amount to $6.6 million. The DCED staff develops
outreach programs which serve businesses, governments and the citizens
ASU construction manager Terry Carty indicated that Phase 1 of the
construction plan, which began in February, is expected to be completed
by December 2010. Completion of the two-phase project, including the
overpass, is tabbed for completion in 2011.