A project to widen and improve Libra Drive, the only UCF entrance along the campus’ southern edge, will begin Monday.
The mile-long road will be widened from two to four lanes and low areas will be elevated several feet to eliminate occasional flooding after heavy rains.
The reconstructed area will be from the campus entrance at Central Florida Research Park to the intersection of Gemini Boulevard South near the campus water tower. East-bound Gemini will also gain a new right-turn lane for easier access onto Libra.
During the 10-month project, at least one lane will be kept open and workers will coordinate the intermittent traffic flow, said Lee Kernek, associate vice president for administration and finance.
Drivers are encouraged to find alternate routes because the construction and lane shifts will slow traffic. Kernek said access will be provided to the offices and facilities served by the road, including the Libra parking garage. Project updates will be posted on all-campus email as needed.
Work on the road will not take place on game days during football season.
The engineer for the project is Harris Civil Engineers and the contractor is Stage Door II. The project manager is Trey Beck from UCF facilities planning and construction.
Another UCF project on the horizon will reasphalt several roads and reconstruct some sidewalks on campus. Affected areas will be Aquarius Drive, Andromeda Loop in front of Millican Hall, North Orion Boulevard and Greek Court. That seven-month project by contractor Allstate Paving won’t begin until May 2016.