October 19, 2012
New Residence Hall to Impact North Campus Parking
The University of Kentucky Board of Trustees approved the next phase in the modernization of undergraduate housing at their October 14th meeting.
A portion of this phase of the housing project will be located on north campus north of Avenue of Champions between Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Lexington Avenue. As a result, the E/R1 (Blazer) parking lot and the Joe B. Hall Wildcat Lodge parking lot are scheduled to be closed Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, and the UK HealthCare Good Samaritan Hospital employee parking lot is tentatively scheduled to be closed in mid-to-late December 2012 to facilitate construction. The total loss from these lots represents 431 parking spaces (268 employee spots and 163 residential spots).
Once the E/R1 (Blazer) lot is closed, all R1 permit holders will be required to park in the K areas at Commonwealth Stadium while displaying their R1 permits. Since R1 permits are valid in the K lots and are issued at the same cost, R1 permit holders will not need to take any further action in regards to their permits. Students may also return their R1 permit for a partial refund if they no longer wish to have a vehicle on campus.
The University offers transportation between the Stadium and North Campus in various capacities, including the Lextran Stadium-Greg Page Route, the CATS Yellow Night Route and On-Demand Night CATS Bus Service. Schedules and more information for these routes can be found at www.uky.edu/pts/buses-and-shuttles_campus-shuttles.
Employees with valid E parking permits who typically park in this area may utilize other campus E lots.
Parking and Transportation Services (PTS), in cooperation with Facilities Management, is implementing a mitigation plan to offer some limited additional alternatives for north campus employee parking. Specifically, PTS will be increasing the number or availability of spaces in several north campus parking lots. More information on these parking losses as well as information on parking alternatives and mitigation strategies may be found by visiting http://bit.ly/ukynorthcampus.
Employees and students who park on north campus are encouraged to allow extra time in their commute and to familiarize themselves with parking alternatives. As these lot closures and mitigation projects will occur over the span of several months, it may be January, after the start of the spring semester, before routines are reestablished and parking availability becomes predictable.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to tune into 1700 AM (WQKH 253) to hear campus parking and transportation information. The station broadcasts 24 hours, 7 days a week.