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Street, Garage Closures for the Next Two Weeks

With students returning next month, Belmont’s contractors are working hard to put the finishing touches on a number of projects. Traffic delays and garage closures are required. The best and easiest practice for anyone coming to campus during the next two weeks will be to park in the Curb Garage. Details of the necessary closures are listed below:

Baskin Garage Closed Aug. 1-7

Acklen Avenue and the Baskin Garage close Friday, Aug. 1 and reopen by 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 for guests coming to campus for various graduation-related ceremonies. The North and Wedgewood Academic Center Garages will also remain closed.

Delays/Closures on 15th and Acklen Avenues July 28-Aug. 7

Construction on 15th and Acklen Avenues will cause significant delays for the next two weeks. In addition, 15th Avenue (between Wedgewood and Acklen) will be completely closed Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7, and Acklen Avenue will be closed Aug. 1-7.

Curb Garage: Access via Bernard July 31

Soccer Field Drive will be closed the morning of Thursday, July 31. Cars should access the Curb Garage via Bernard Avenue.

Roundabout Opens 

The first roundabout for Belmont’s campus opened in April at the intersection of 15th and Acklen avenues. The second roundabout in front of the Baskin Garage exit became functional in June.

Roundabout Safety Tips

  • Slow down as you approach the roundabout.
  • Yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing the roadway.
  • When entering a roundabout, yield to vehicles already in the roundabout. Do not cross into the roundabout until all traffic from the left has cleared.
  • Enter the roundabout to your right, and drive in a counter-clockwise direction
  • Use your turn signal when you reach your exit from the roundabout
  • Do not stop, pass or change lanes within a roundabout.
  • If an emergency vehicle approaches, exit the roundabout immediately and then pull over.

Want to know more? Click here and here to see one-minute video examples of how to use roundabouts, keeping in mind that the Belmont roundabouts will be one-lane only.

North Garage Closed During Summer

The North Garage, beneath Inman and McWhorter, and both alleys leading to the garage closed May 5 for work on utility lines and the concrete entrance and reopen in July. Employees and students are urged to park in the Curb Garage, and construction crews will park in the Dickens Garage. 

Academic & Dining Services Complex

The former tennis courts on the west side of 15th Avenue South will be replaced with a four-story building sitting on top of a 1,020-space underground parking garage. This building will include a 1,200-square-foot cafeteria and 40,000 square feet of classrooms and faculty offices for current academic programs. Blasting for the underground parking garage took place from April to October 2013. Read more.

Residence Hall & Garage Addition

As part of a continuing effort to provide on-campus living experiences, a 418-bed residence hall with both suite-style and apartment-style rooms will sit on the east side of 15th Avenue South across from Kennedy Hall. The 141,000-square-foot, six-story building also will include 354 additional parking spaces in a garage adjacent to the Thrailkill Parking Garage. Construction began in March 2013. Read more.

Belmont hosted a meeting on March 4, 2013 with neighbors, Metro Council members and construction team members to discuss details of blasting and construction of the residence hall, Academic and Dining Services Complex with undergound parking and addition to an exisit parking garage. Click here to read the frequently asked questions handout distributed at the meeting.

Wedgewood Academic Center

Meetings to discuss the details of blasting and construction were held for University employees and neighbors on April 23 and 24, 2012, respectively.

Click here to read the frequently asked questions pages that were distributed at the meetings.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation from the meetings.
Click here to view the pre-blast survey radius.

Belmont University began construction in May 2012 on a new academic building at the corner of 15th and Wedgewood Avenues to provide a new home for the College of Arts and Sciences and School of Religion. The five-story, 160,000-square-foot building is scheduled to open in August 2014. It will include classrooms, labs, faculty offices, student common space, light food service and a 250-seat chapel as well as connect to the Inman Center and McWhorter Hall. As part of a continuing effort to address the demand for on-campus parking, the Wedgewood Academic Center will sit above a garage adding 430 parking spaces to campus. Blasting concluded Aug. 10, 2012. Read more.