Construction work to close HSC pedestrian bridge, Ravine Drive

February 5, 2009 | News, UToday
By Jim Winkler

To ensure pedestrian safety, the pedestrian bridge between Parking Area 44 and the Mulford Library Building and Ravine Drive on Health Science Campus will be closed for two weeks starting Monday for a $750,000 construction project on the third-floor outdoor patio that is part of Mulford.

Ravine Drive is the road between Library Circle and Parking Area 44, located north and east of Mulford Library, respectively.

Richard Sheets, facilities and maintenance project manager, said the bridge is being closed because a crane will be hoisting steel girders and other construction materials to the patio, which will be enclosed and furnished as an activities and lounge area for medical and other health professions students. Orange mesh fence will be installed around the perimeter of the construction zone.

“Public safety is our No. 1 concern,” Sheets said. “We will have signs and barricades that pedestrians should observe. We ask that people not enter the construction area.”

Faculty, staff and students should use Ravine Drive to walk to Mulford Library and UT Medical Center. Barricades, directional signs and lights will be installed for safety.

In addition, Sheets said a temporary wall will be installed on the second floor near the UT Medical Center Dental Clinic on Thursday to allow construction workers to take out a concrete wall and link the floor to the new Heart and Vascular Center. Drilling is set to begin Monday, Feb. 9, and last for three days.

Sheets also requested that UT Medical Center employees interested in seeing the project should call him to make arrangements for tours after hours. He can be reached at 419.530.1413. Employees should not be in the construction area without proper authorization.

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