Dreaded detour to wrap up early
The now-barricaded Rugby Road-area stretch of University Avenue will reopen as a key thoroughfare Saturday, June 28, when the first of a two-phase project to repair UVA's steam tunnels is finished. According to project manager Kate Meyer, the completion date is nine days ahead of schedule for the first phase.
"We closed the road June 9," says Meyer, "and we said it would take four weeks." She attributes the speedy repairs to "team effort, hard workers, and good weather."
Meyer says the second phase will block part of McCormick Road and close an eastbound lane of University Avenue. Cars turning right from McCormick to University Avenue will have to bear left at the median triangle past Alderman Library. Eastbound University Avenue drivers who plan to turn left onto Rugby Road are advised to turn left onto Culbreth Road instead, so as not to hold up traffic.
Meyer estimates that the second phase will take about 30 days, with the total project's estimated completion date– which had earlier been set at mid-August– possibly as early as July 28.