Motorists arriving for the first time on campus will see changes on the south side of the university, including an addition to Pitkin Street and 320 new parking spaces.
The biggest change on campus was the opening of Pitkin Street west to Shields Street, said Steve Keiss, project manager for Facilities Management. Pitkin originally ended between Ingersoll Hall and Edwards Hall, but the street now is open to through traffic. Continuous bike lanes run along Pitkin from Shields Street to College Avenue, although Pitkin will remain closed to motorists at the barriers south of the Clark Building parking lot. Parking along Pitkin was relocated to South Drive.
The $270,000 cost for the project included paving, reconfiguring access points to Pitkin off Shields, landscaping, lighting, a stone Colorado State entry sign and lane striping. The project, started in June and completed in mid-August, was designed to move traffic flow from South Drive to Pitkin Street as part of the university’s master plan to create a centralized pedestrian campus, Keiss said. Traffic along South Drive will be limited to residence halls and visitors.
The new pavement on the west end of Pitkin Street was completed before flash floods hit Fort Collins July 28, but Keiss said the street was not damaged.
In other construction news, motorists soon will be choosing from 320 new parking spaces in two different lots on the south side of campus, said Kay Rios, director of University Parking Services. Forty "A" spaces and 210 "Z" spaces recently opened in the lot at Lake Street and College Avenue, east of the Central Receiving Building. In addition, 70 new "A" spaces opened to supplement 99 existing spaces in the lot west of the Gifford Building.
The campus and Fort Collins community can find complete information about parking at Colorado State through University Parking Services’ new Web site, Rios said. Information includes parking regulations; a map showing parking locations, permit requirements and number of spaces; an appeals form for registering written appeals via e-mail; and an alternative transportation page that links users to Transfort schedules, bicycle information and carpool programs.
Rios said free Transport rides for university faculty and staff will continue through December. Bus riders simply need to show university identification to ride free anywhere in town.
The Web site for University Parking Services is located at: http://www.colostate.edu/Depts/Parking/