Construction Traffic & Road Closures
On Saturday, April 12, construction crews will remove the large crane from the residence hall construction site on the east side of 15th Avenue South. Although they will attempt to have a least one lane of 15th Avenue South open for a portion of the time, 15th Avenue South between Acklen & Caldwell avenues will be closed for most of the day. Drivers should use 14th Avenue South or 12th Avenue South as the detour route, and residents on the affected block can access their properties from the alley that runs behind their homes.
Necessary road work around the Wedgewood Academic Center is forcing Acklen Avenue, from 15th Avenue to the North Garage alley, to be closed to one lane at various times. Acklen Avenue road work efforts will increase in May, June and July as both construction and delivery vehicles will be in the area, causing significant congestion. Fifteenth Avenue, between Acklen and Wedgewood avenues only, will be limited to one-way traffic during June and July.
Roundabout Opens in April
The first roundabout for Belmont’s campus opened April 1 at the intersection of 15th and Acklen avenues. The second roundabout will be located in front of the Baskin Garage exit and become functional this summer.
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.
North Garage Closed During Summer
The North Garage, beneath Inman and McWhorter, and both alleys leading to the garage will close 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.
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.
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 CenterMeetings 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.
Once construction is complete, roundabouts will be installed at the 15th/Acklen intersection and between the North Garage, Baskin Center garage and Wedgewood building garage to ease traffic flow.
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.