New west entrance opens Friday
Aug. 17, 2004
KALAMAZOO--The new west entrance to Western Michigan University's main campus on West Michigan Avenue at Howard Street officially opens to vehicles and pedestrians in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the construction site Friday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m.
University and local officials, including WMU President Judith I. Bailey and Kalamazoo Mayor Robert Jones, will participate in the brief ceremony. Among the features of the "West District Development Project" are a widening of West Michigan Avenue into the campus as a four-lane boulevard, Knollwood Avenue pedestrian underpass and the university's first "roundabout," linking West Michigan, Knollwood and Rankin Avenue.
Barring last-minute weather delays, all roads and walkways in the West District Development Project will be completed and open for use beginning Friday.
Widening and resurfacing of Howard Street, which was undertaken by the city of Kalamazoo concurrent with the WMU project, may not be completed by Friday's opening, and portions of Howard Street may remain closed to traffic.
Major road work began April 26 for the West District Development Project. Roads closed throughout the construction included West Michigan Avenue, Knollwood Avenue and Rankin Avenue in the construction area between Howard Street and Haenicke Hall, and the northbound lanes of Howard from Lawson Arena to north of Campus Point Mall.
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