Construction near campus won't affect MU Football visitors

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COLUMBIA - Football fans may see some construction when they visit the University of Missouri campus this Saturday for the Mizzou Tigers’ first home football game against the Missouri State Bears.

Eleven projects are currently slated on MU’s campus construction projects website, a website that features projects on and around campus. Projects include road closures on Elm Street, repairs on Lowry Mall, a replacement project on Dobbs dining hall and renovations down Providence Road.

Last season, the Mizzou football Tigers welcomed an average home-game attendance of 52,236, according to Saturday Down South’s website. Though the total number of campus visitors could be higher, Barry Dalton, public information officer for Columbia Public Works, said the Providence project, in particular, should actually help with increased traffic and safety.

“It should be helpful for the upcoming game because the parts of the project that would impact the road and improve the safety are already completed,” Dalton said. “The major thing will be that Rollins is still closed down.” 

Both Rollins Street and East Brandon Road will be closed for drivers attempting to turn off of Providence Road. Parts of Elm Street are closed just north of MU’s campus as well.

Despite the closures, the renovated parts of Providence Road already feature widened capacity roads and improved sidewalks, according to Dalton. New traffic lights at Turner Avenue, E. Burnham Road and University Heights have been installed as well.

“We are closing in to the end [of the Providence Project], so we will only be probably six to eight weeks left in the project,” Dalton added. “It is scheduled to be complete in early fall.”

Until then, visitors to campus may experience detours and closures, but safety measures are put in place to ensure safety of visitors making their way to MU’s campus.