February 11, 2002 Vol. VI, No. 10

Major Roads & Landscaping Restoration Slated for 2002

Projects Will Put Finishing Touches on University Earthquake Recovery

Cal State Northridge is preparing to put the final finishing touches on its earthquake recovery during the remainder of 2002, a $20 million venture to improve and restore a range of roads and field areas throughout the campus that had been torn up in recent years.

The planned road work will include redoing virtually the entire loop road around the core of the campus, including Lindley and Etiwanda avenues and Plummer Street, and restoring landscaped field areas with trees on the current Music Lawn, Science Court and part of the Halsted Houses court.

"With all the restoration work that has occurred thus far, people are really beginning to notice the campus is looking much better," said Deborah Wylie, the campus' architect. "The final phase of work is going to cause some inconvenience. But it's the last step toward the reconstruction and beautification of the campus."

To accommodate the upcoming road work, vehicle traffic on the campus loop road system will be shifted to one-way flow moving in a counter-clockwise direction, meaning north on Lindley, west on Plummer and south on Etiwanda. By doing that, crews can work on one side of roads while the other side remains open.

Most of the campus loop road system will get landscaped median areas, and many areas now lacking curbs, gutters and sidewalks will have those added. Also, many roadways battered from years of construction traffic will get entirely new paving, striping and crosswalks.

"This is an enormous opportunity to upgrade our entire road system. And it's an opportunity most campuses never see," Wylie said. All of the planned roads and fields work is possible only because of funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency as part of CSUN's $400 million recovery from the 1994 earthquake.

Wylie said the university is still studying how to best handle traffic flow and circulation along the front of the campus, primarily along the Lot D area.

The planned projects also will include removing the trailers from the Halsted Houses area and restoring part of the area as a new parking lot for about 400 vehicles. The university also will construct a regulation soccer field just south of the current softball field, and is removing the final three temporary dome structures from campus.

Long-Term Campus Projects
Project NameEst. StartEst. FinishDescription
2002-2004 (Mostly non-FEMA funded)
1 Brown Center pools at Kinesiology Bldg.Dec. 2001Dec. 2002 Construct pools building for Center of Achievement, northwest corner of Kinesiology. Staging area adjacent to Mixed Media.
2 Telecomm Infrastructure ProjectJan. 2002Jan. 2004Upgrade telecomm distribution from Main. Dist. Facility. Throughout Campus. Provide new distribution inside all major campus buildings. Staging west of Nordhoff Hall.
3 Parking Structure #1 (Lot B5)May 2002March 2003Construct new 4-story parking structure for 1,000-space net gain.
4 Sierra Center (Univ. Corp. Project)May 2002Aug. 2003Construct 3-story building at west end of Richfield Hall. 1st level: food court; 2nd level: terrace dining; 3rd level: Univ. Corp. offices.
5 USU Renovation (USU Project)July 2002Oct. 2003Renovate USU to create a "Main Street", including new theater lobby, renovated Pub, new food/retail spaces.
6 LAUSD Valley New High School #1Aug. 2002Aug. 2004LAUSD building new 800-student academy, underground parking garage. Soils excavation may begin in April 2002.
Campus Roads & Fields Restoration
Fall 2001/Winter 2002
7 Lots M & O (B5 & B6)Dec. 2001CompletedM-Slurry for temp. parking Lot O: remove old Children's Center house, pave lot to add ~80 spaces.
8 Music LawnDec. 2001April 2002Restore trailer area, install lawn, perimeter trees and walkway lighting.
9 Lot K (Lot D6)March 2002June 2002Remove Halsted House trailers, re-grade site, install new parking lot, add ~400 spaces, add concrete sidewalk at south end of Lot.
10 Campus Roads B & CDec. 2002CompletedGrind & re-pave Roads B & C, minor curb/sidewalk repair.
11 Demobilize A&R, Study & Library DomesFeb. 2002April 2002Demobilize 3 remaining domes.
Winter/Spring 2002
12 Science CourtJan. 2002April 2002Restore trailer area, install lawn, perimeter trees and walkway lighting.
13 Parking Lot D (D1)March 2002May 2002Repair parking lot paving, re-stripe to maximize spaces.
14 Etiwanda North (bt. Vincennes & Plummer)March 2002July 2002Widen Etiwanda, build new eastern sidewalk, build complete western curb & sidewalk, install median with palms, repave entire road.
15 Lindley Avenue (bt. Nordhoff & Plummer)March 2002Aug. 2002Install median with palms, improve sidewalks as needed on both sides, repave entire road.
16 Soccer FieldApril 2002May 2002Construct regulation NCAA Soccer field.
17 Matador SquareMarch 2002June 2002Restore area east of Science 4 to Matador Square, per Master Plan. Project includes shaded plaza, lawns areas, perimeter trees, improved lighting.
Spring/Summer 2002
18 Plummer Street (bt. Lindley & Etiwanda)March 2002 June 2002 Repave Plummer Street, maintaining existing width (no median will be added).
19 Leisure Studies FieldJune 2002Aug. 2002Relocate Leisure Studies "ropes course" to northwest quadrant of West field.
Summer 2002
20 Darby Street (bt. Vincennes & Plummer)June 2002Nov. 2002Construct new block of Darby to connect bt. Vincennes & Plummer. Will require demolition of some houses, users to be relocated.
21 Prairie Street (bt. Darby & Etiwanda)June 2002Sep 2002Remove and repave entire block of Prairie Street.
22 Etiwanda South (bt. Nordhoff & Prairie)June 2002Dec. 2002Widen and repave street, improving west sidewalk, possibly install center median with trees.
23 Parking Lot J (E5)June 2002Aug. 2002Repave parking lot, re-stripe to maximize spaces.
24 Interior WalkwaysJune 2002Aug. 2002Replace discrete broken walkways, especially along Orange Grove Walk and Jacaranda Walk.
25 East FieldJune 2002Sep. 2002Restore field to improve playing surface.

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