Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Wiggins Road Project Marks Beginning of UTEP ‘Campus Transformation’

The University of Texas at El Paso has closed portions of Wiggins Road to begin construction of a pedestrian friendly plaza that will connect the University Library and the Health Sciences and Nursing Building. The plaza will include amenities like curving benches, shade trees, and solar-powered light fixtures. Vehicles will still be allowed to pass through the area once completed, but the roadway will become a weaving street that will force cars to slow down.

According to Greg McNicol, associate vice president of facilities services, “Cars will be allowed to pass through the plaza, but will be required to slow down as they weave through it.” The plaza will also contain a walking maze measuring 20 feet in diameter.
The $900,000 project is scheduled for completion before students return for the 2013 fall semester, funds coming from allocations to the Health Sciences and Nursing Building. This is the first of several ambitious “Campus Transformation” projects which the University hopes to complete in time for the school’s Centennial Celebration in 2014.

Updates to road/path closures can be found at the University’s UTEP On the Move website: