Parking at Wayland's University Center to be limited during work

Parking and driving access to Wayland Baptist University's McClung University Center will be redirected for the next few weeks while work is done.

The south parking lot will be unavailable for parking for the next two weeks, but drive-through access should remain available. For the two weeks following, the entire lot will be inaccessible while the lot is recoated and restriped.

During the weeks of restricted access, Director of Property Management Danny Murphree suggested visitors to the campus utilize the north entrance off Eighth and Smythe Streets and park in the lot north of the University Center, which will not be affected by the renovations. Parking is also available in lots between McDonald Hall and the Nunn Business Building, entering from Sixth and Raleigh Streets. Though Sixth Street has been blocked off for street work, Murphree said visitors are able to circumvent the barriers and enter those lots.

According to Murphree, the work involves needed replacement of the south sidewalks along the University Center, where trees have pushed the concrete up. The university is also doing some widening of the south parking area and creating a turn lane out of the lot where it meets Sixth Street. Murphree said some of the work is a continuation of the new entrance on Smythe Street from Fifth to Sixth streets. Though street work on the entrance is complete, landscaping and signage should be started in the coming weeks as well.

Entrance to the university bookstore, which is located in the east end of McClung Center, will be rerouted until the sidewalks are completed. Visitors may park in the north lot and use the west sidewalk, then enter the building through the east doors. The bookstore will maintain the same hours during the work.

Murphree also noted temporary closure of the south entrance of Gates Hall, where repair work is being done for the next few weeks. All projects are expected to be complete by the beginning of the fall semester in late August.