West Central Loop closes Monday
for Student Union construction
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - West Central Loop road at Slippery Rock University, which passes Boozel Dining Hall, will be closed Monday through Friday between the University Union Parking Lot exit closest to Boozel and the Physical Therapy Building to allow crews to lay utilities for the new University Union. Happy Bus routes and stops will be temporarily changed.
Fences, wooden saw horses and signs will prevent vehicles and pedestrians from accessing the closed section of the road. Boozel will maintain normal hours. Students may access the dining hall from the sidewalk that parallels West Central Loop.
The on-campus Happy Bus will continue to pick up riders at the University Union Parking Lot but will not stop at Morrow Field House, said Cathy George, business manager for SGA activities. The off-campus bus will not stop at the University Union or field house but instead will stop at Swope Music Hall, George said. The evening bus will not stop at the field house but will travel from the union to Advanced Technology and Science Hall and Weisenfluh Dining Hall.
The parking lots near the Physical Therapy Building, field house and spaces in front of Patterson Hall will remain open.
In order to extend utilities from the Vincent Science Hall side of the street to the new union, workers will have to dig a large trench. Sewer, electrical and storm water management systems will be added, said Herb Carlson, assistant vice president for construction design and management.
George said the Happy Bus service accommodates 1,000 riders daily. "It just keeps growing and growing," she said.
The nine-stop, on-campus 20-minute route runs 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays; the 12-stop, off-campus 30-minute loop runs 7:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. The evening route runs 4:30-9 p.m., and the late-night bus, operated Thursday through Sunday, runs 10 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.