Osborn Drive east entrance closed for construction

Osborn Drive will be closed for construction during the week of June 11 to 17.

Frances Myers

As of Monday, June 11, the east entrance of Osborn Drive will be closed due to construction. The renovation on the east entry point will eliminate the double-island entrance and create a single gated stop.

Construction on Osborn is scheduled to be completed by the end of July, should there be no delays. There is an alternate entrance route for the duration of the project through Stange Road. The west Osborn Drive entrance will also remain open.

According to the Inside Iowa State website, the east entrance currently has “an initial voice box stop for visitors and a second stop for passcard holders. Visitors unfamiliar with campus frequently miss the voice box and get trapped at the lowered gate without an option to turn around.”

The new design will move the new single entrance farther east. This will give drivers an option to avoid the gate with a direct turnoff into Parking Lot 40, which is the parking lot between the Seed Science Building and Kildee Hall’s Iowa Farm Bureau Pavilion, and thus return to Wallace Road.

The design will be incorporating “a look similar to the university’s entrance on University Boulevard. Three red brick columns, landscaping and sidewalk improvements are part of the plan.”

The south entrance to Parking Lot 40 will also be closed for a portion of the project.

For an alternative route, people can take Wallace Road north to University Boulevard, then go west to Stange Road and then go south onto Osborn Drive, or vice versa.