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January 2001

Release Date: January 11, 2001

Weather Delays Parking Projects on West Side of ASU Campus

Parking on the west side of the Angelo State University campus will be limited at the start of the spring semester Tuesday, Jan. 16, because of weather delays in renovating two parking lots during the semester break.

Affected lots are on the west side of the Houston Harte University Center at 1910 Rosemont Drive and on the west side of the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building at 2602 Dena Drive. The University Center lot will be completely closed and about two-thirds of the Carr lot will be unavailable for parking.

ASU Police Chief Marc Cossich advised commuter students to use adjacent lots, including the new Rosemont lot at the corner of Rosemont and Shamrock until the other lots are completed. He also encouraged commuters to leave early for school to allow them additional time to find parking and still get to class on time.

Both lots were closed for repairs during the break between semesters. The University Center lot was to be re-paved while the Carr lot was to be seal-coated. The rainy and icy weather over the last three weeks delayed completion of both projects. No additional work can be done until the lots dry out.

John H. Russell, ASU's assistant plant director, said the Carr lot is the closest to completion and may be ready for use at the start of the semester if the contractor can have two or three dry days to complete the work. The lot will be sealed, but may not be striped, which will require the students and faculty to take extra care in parking. Striping of the lot will be planned over a weekend to limit the amount of disruption.

The University Center lot will take longer to complete as it needs to be re-paved. That cannot be accomplished until the pavement base has thoroughly dried. Then the lot will be paved, coated and striped.

Russell said it is impossible to estimate when the lots will be fully operational again as it depends entirely upon the weather. The more wet weather the city receives, the longer it will take for completion. Russell said the projects were planned during the semester break because students are away and because December and January are normally two of the drier months in the city.

The lots will be completed as soon as possible, Cossich said, and every effort will be made in the interim to limit the inconvenience to ASU students, faculty and staff.