Release Date: Oct. 14, 2009
Street Closures Planned for ASU Building Implosion
Several streets on and surrounding the Angelo State University campus will be closed early the morning of Sunday, Oct. 25, when the abandoned 10-story University Hall will be imploded.
The one-time dormitory is scheduled for destruction between sunrise at 7:52 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Streets in the vicinity will be closed beginning as early as 3:30 a.m. Sunday. Potential spectators should take the street closures into account in making plans to witness the demolition.
Streets in the immediate vicinity of the implosion will be closed first, beginning at 3:30 a.m. Those streets are:
- Varsity Lane from Dena Drive to University Avenue
- Victory Lane from Johnson Street to Varsity Lane
- Dena from Johnson Street to Varsity Street
Peripheral streets will be closed beginning at 5:30 a.m. Those streets are:
- Van Buren from Vanderventer Avenue to Dena Drive
- Jackson Street from Vanderventer Avenue to University Avenue
- Vanderventer Avenue from Johnson Street to Jackson Street, including access points at Harrison, Fillmore, Pierce and Lincoln streets.
After the streets are closed, access will be by permit only for emergency personnel, contractors, working ASU staff members and VIP donors.
Street and parking lot preparations for the implosion will begin the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 24, when parking lots P20, P26, P27, P28 and P29 will be closed. Cars in those lots or parked along adjacent streets will be subject to towing if they are there Sunday morning.
On the morning of the implosion, the public should expect heavy traffic around the campus. Spectator parking will be available in the lot outside Colts Stadium. The Colts parking lot should be accessed from the University Avenue entrance on the south side of the stadium. Parking will also be available on the west side of the campus.
Streets will remained closed after the implosion until the resulting dust cloud has dissipated and adjacent streets have been swept of any debris that may have been thrown upon them. The inspection and cleaning of Dena and Varsity is expected to take between 30 and 45 minutes. Other streets and parking areas will be cleaned throughout the day.
University Hall, long known on campus as the Women’s High Rise, opened in 1968 at a cost of $4 million or $39.01 per square foot for the 103,883-square-foot building. The facility was vacated after the summer of 2004 because of the increasing maintenance costs. The residence hall housed 490 students each semester during its life span.