Construction will start this summer on a pedestrian tunnel under U.S. 421 to provide easier passage for Campbell University students who cross the busy highway that divides their campus.
The state Department of Transportation awarded a $2.6 million contract to Branch Highways of Roanoke, Va. Campbell University is contributing $600,000 to the project.
“Student access across 421 is vital to the growth of the university,” Jim Roberts, Campbell’s vice president for business, said in a news release. “We have housing for over 150 students on the south side of the highway, the PGA/PGM golf facility is there, and our football stadium is there as well.
“The growth of the university is south of 421. Our new health science campus and access to the new nursing and health sciences facility will be greatly enhanced by the pedestrian culvert giving safe access to the south side of the road and allowing students to bike, walk, jog and even skateboard across the area to class.”
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The tunnel is expected to be open for public use in July 2016, with final work finished by the end of December 2016.