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Parking & Transportation Updates

Updates as of May 6, 2022

Henderson Hall Parking Lot Closed This Summer

Starting Tuesday, May 10, the parking lot behind Henderson and Farr will be closed due to the university’s parking and transportation improvement project (SBC #166/011-02-2016C). Access to the lot will be restricted starting Monday evening. The lot is expected to be closed throughout the summer.

Gold permits are able to park in both Red- and Purple-zoned lots throughout campus.

The work on the lot will include changes to how the lot is accessed and how spaces are aligned.

Due to the centrality of this parking lot, work on this part of the overall transportation project is starting immediately after commencement with the intent to have the work on the parking lot completed by the fall semester.

Please note that while the parking lot located behind Bartoo Hall at the corner of William L. Jones Drive and Peachtree Avenue (affectionately known as The Pit) is not closing next Tuesday, it will need to be temporarily closed as part of this project at some point. While this date is not known as of now, it will be shared once it is established.

The larger transportation project – of which the Henderson/Farr lot is the first phase – includes subsequent phases that will impact both vehicular and pedestrian movement around campus, such as the conversion of much of Peachtree Avenue to a pedestrian only walkway.


Updates as of December 7, 2021

Southwest Hall Parking Lot expansion nearing completion

The expansion of the Southwest Hall lot at the corner of Stadium Drive and 10th Street is nearing completion, with the final paving and striping completed. The final step is the installation of curbs, which is expected to be completed this week. Once the curbs are installed, the expansion will be available for Gold parking. 

In addition to the parking expansion, a connector between this lot and the lot on the corner of Stadium Drive and Wings Up Way has been constructed to aid in vehicular flow in the two lots. 

 

REMINDERS
  • If you are graduating or wish to return your current parking permit for a 50% refund, you must submit the refund request form and your permit to Parking & Transportation Services, RUC 122. The refund request deadline is Jan. 24, 2022. No refunds will be given after this date. The refund request form is at https://www.tntech.edu/parking/refund-request.php
  • A donation of six canned, non-perishable food items may be turned in to the Parking & Transportation Services Office (RUC 122) in return for a fine reduction on the citation up to $15. Only citations for "parking in an unassigned parking lot" and "parking without a valid parking permit displayed" will be forgiven. No restricted area citations will be forgiven (illegal parking space, fire lane, disabled area, etc.). The donation of canned goods may only be used once per semester, per student.  All donations must be made within 15 business days of the citation date.

 

Updates as of November 23, 2021

Street parking on Stadium Drive will be removed effective Friday, Nov. 26

As part of the construction project for the new Ashraf Islam Engineering Building, the street parking on Stadium Drive, across from Prescott Hall, will no longer be available, effective this Friday, Nov. 26. 

The spots will be blocked off with barricades and caution tape, and enforcement of this no parking area will begin once the barricades are installed.

On Tuesday, Nov. 30, fencing will start to be installed around the building’s construction site.

REMINDERS

  • There is a free shuttle tracker app available for both Apple iOS and Android. You can find it in the App Store or Google Play. You can also see a live map with real-time shuttle locations at https://www.tntech.edu/shuttles. Campus shuttles run from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday on days when classes are in session during the fall and spring semesters. 
  • Parking rules and regulations, including a list of fine amounts, is at https://www.tntech.edu/parking/rules-and-regulations.php.

Updates as of November 9, 2021

Parking garages coming to campus

One of the most-asked questions about parking on campus is when will Tech build a parking garage. 

These multi-level structures seem to be an obvious answer to parking concerns on campus, but it isn’t that simple. Parking structures have a significantly higher per space construction cost over a traditional surface lot (more than $30,000 per spot for a garage compared to about $6,000 per spot for a surface lot). And since parking projects cannot be submitted for state funding, these projects must rely on user-generated parking revenue and other university sources.

However, the initiative to green the university and make for a more traditional, pedestrian-friendly campus has resulted in the identification of three sites on campus for multi-level parking structures, with the first expected to be presented to the Tech Board of Trustees next month.

  • Wings Up Way Garage: 4 levels, 412 spaces, located at the corner of Wings Up Way and Stadium Avenue, behind Ray Morris Hall ($13.93 million cost)
  • Corner of Seventh Street and Peachtree Avenue, behind Crawford Hall (2 levels, 205 spaces; future development)
  • Corner of University and Stadium drives, west of the Volpe Library (4 or 5 levels, 393 or 509 spaces; future development)

If approved by Tech’s board, the university will use a combination of bond financing and university funds for the Wings Up Way garage in the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget. While some planning and design work has been done, there is still a long process that can only begin once funding is secured for the project, with final construction design, putting the project out to bid to find the company who will handle construction, and finally building the structure.  

 

Updates as of August 10, 2021

Big campus improvements are coming, and we are getting prepared now.

You may have heard about Peachtree Avenue being converted to a pedestrian mall. This project, which is part of the university master plan and part of the overall priorities of greening the campus and pedestrian safety, is expected to start late in the fall semester. We are actively preparing for this project, along with the construction of the new engineering building (which also starts this fall) by making changes to parking on campus.

Some of these parking zone changes you may have noticed upon looking at the parking map that came with your 2021-2022 parking permit. Others will come into effect as we get closer to the start of the upcoming projects.

The university is sharing what we know now. The timeline for many of these projects depends on factors that will precede them. Many items on the following list will not happen soon, but will happen eventually. Our goal is to keep you informed along the way.

 

What we are doing now

Tech’s Office of Parking and Transportation, in conjunction with campus facilities staff, are actively working to expand and rezone select parking lots in order to minimize the impact on campus parking.

All parking zone changes will begin at the start of this fall semester (Aug. 16, 2021). 

  • Southwest Hall Lot: Entire lot rezoned to Gold
  • Crawford Hall Lot: 20 spaces rezoned to Gold; the lot will still have Green spaces available
  • Lot in front of MS Cooper/Pinkerton: 17 spaces rezoned to Gold
  • Stadium Gate 5 Lot: Closed to all parking
  • Derryberry Hall Lot (William L. Jones Drive): Rezoned to be primarily visitor and reserved parking (more information about this coming Aug. 12)

 

Future plans (No current timeline for beginning these projects)
  • Henderson Lot: Access points and parking layout will change and, as a result, there will be 32 fewer spaces available
  • Memorial Gym Lot (The Pit): Will serve as the staging area for the Peachtree pedestrian mall project; as such, it will remain open until that project begins, but will close during the construction
  • Parking on West 10th Street will be eliminated
  • Parking on Stadium Drive across from Prescott Hall will be eliminated
  • Southwest Hall Lot: Expanding to add 16 new Gold spaces
  • Pennebaker Lot (across Dixie Avenue): Expanding to add 45 new Red spaces
  • Foundation Hall Lot: Expanding to add 32 new Red spaces
  • West Lot (across Willow): Expanding to add 40 new Purple spaces

Once the parking lot changes are completed, the net loss of zoned spaces on campus is only 15 spots.

 

Campus Shuttle

The campus shuttle routes will be impacted once the pedestrian mall project begins. The new routes, including where the stops will be located, are currently being finalized.

 

Visitor Parking

The process for obtaining a visitor permit is being streamlined for campus visitors. While campus departments will still need to request permits from the Office of Parking and Transportation for their official visitors, people coming to campus will be able to use their smartphone and a QR code available at visitor spots to obtain their day-use visitor permit.

 

Parking Garage

Tech has started initial planning for a parking garage. We are early in this process, which includes determining the best location on campus for a multi-level structure.

 

Future Updates

Tech is committed to keeping you updated as these projects go forward. We will be sending an email to you each Tuesday with information you can use to minimize the impact of these changes on your daily commute. 

 

Questions?

We know this has been a lengthy message, but we wanted to share everything that we know at this time. If you have any questions, please let us know by emailing ttunews@tntech.edu.

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