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Traffic & Road Closures

Metro Police and Belmont Security will direct traffic at key pinch points throughout residence hall move-in weekend, Aug. 15-17, and significant traffic congestion is anticipated on Caldwell, Acklen, 12th and 15th avenues. 

6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15
Caldwell Avenue and the west side of campus will see the most traffic as freshman students move into Heron, Pembroke, Hail, Wright and Maddox.  Areas to avoid include Acklen Avenue near the Belmont Mansion, the interior circle drive, Caldwell Avenue, 15th Avenue near the Academic and Dining Services Complex and Soccer Field Drive. In order to enhance traffic flow, there will be no street parking on Caldwell Avenue, and vehicles will be prohibited from exiting  level 4 of the Curb Garage.

6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16
Fifteenth Avenue South will be southbound only from Acklen to Bernard avenues, with no 15th Avenue access from Wedgewood Avenue. In order to enhance traffic flow, there will be no street parking on Caldwell and Acklen avenues, which will have heavy vehicle traffic as students move into Patton, Potter and Kennedy Halls. Baskin Garage will be closed. Faculty and staff returning to campus for the Wedgewood Academic Center grand opening should use the North Garage or Wedgewood Academic Center Garage, accessible only from Wedgewood Avenue, or enter the Curb Garage from Bernard Avenue.

7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17
Caldwell, 12th and 15th avenues will have the most traffic as students move into Two Oaks, Bruin Hills, Hillside Dickens, Horrell and Thrailkill. In order to enhance traffic flow, there will be no street parking on Caldwell Avenue, and 12th Avenue South traffic headed southbound will be one lane only between Acklen Avenue and Hillside. Fifteenth Avenue South will remain southbound only from Acklen to Bernard avenues.

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.

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 sits on the east side of 15th Avenue South across from Kennedy Hall. Construction also included a 352-parking space expansion of the Thrailkill Garage. Construction began in March 2013, and Two Oaks opened in August 2014. 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 300-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, and the building's grand opening will take place at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 2014. Read more.

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