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South Ring Road E. overhaul on campus

Work to go until August
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Major roadwork is underway on U of G's South Ring Road E.

Anyone trying get through the University of Guelph campus via East Ring Road will soon find their passage blocked before getting to Stone Road.

The university is underway on a major overall of South Ring Road East. One of the main arteries through campus, particularly for public transit and student residence dwellers, it is undergoing extensive work which is expected to take until mid-August to complete, U of G news service officer Kevin Gonsalves said Thursday.

The work, which extends from the intersection of East Ring Road down to about Evergreen Drive, includes new curbs and lighting, storm water management systems, and asphalt. Gonsalves said the project also incorporates a redesign to improve efficiency and bring the thoroughfare up to current construction standards.

An overhaul of parking lot P13, wedged between South Ring Road and Stone Road, is part of the overall project, as is resurfacing of lots P3 and P19. New way-finding signs are also being installed, and there will be some walkway repairs.

Gonsalves said initially there were some navigational problems, especially longer detours on campus at the start of the work.

"However, now that people know about it, they can more easily plan to avoid it, so we haven't had recent complaints," he said in an email.

Getting to campus has become a tricky undertaking of late, with Gordon Street closed between Wellington and Water streets for infrastructure upgrades. The work started on May 2 and is expected to take three weeks to complete.

Motorists coming from the north have to swing around via Wellington, Edinburgh Road and College Avenue to get to campus, or take side streets through the Old University neighbourhood. 

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