In the seemingly unending series of construction on the University of Tennessee campus, utility work on the new Student Union project will close several sections of Phillip Fulmer Way near the Neyland Stadium. The closure will have three phases, lasting from early June to August 5.
In addition to Phillip Fulmer Way, parts of Peyton Manning Pass and Middle Dr. will be closed. There will be new routes for traffic while the streets are closed.
"I'm kind of upset because I was unaware of the street closure," said Jessie Williams, who has summer classes on campus. "I was planning on using that street to get to the parking garage."
Earlier this month, in the first phase of construction, from June 4 to June 11, the section of Phillip Fulmer Way between the Hearing and Speech Center was closed. Traffic was rerouted from Cumberland Avenue to Peyton Manning Pass and traffic from Lake Loudon Boulevard was rerouted to Tee Martin Drive.
According to Tennessee Today, construction on the intersection of Phillip Fulmer Way and Payton Manning Pass began around June 12. The intersection will be closed for two weeks. During this time, vehicles will be able to access Staff Lot 9; however, northbound traffic on Phillip Fulmer Way from Cumberland Ave will be rerouted to Middle Drive.
"It doesn't bother me," said Drew Carter, who has classes on campus throughout the summer. Carter said he chooses to drive avoid the construction area all together.