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Significant changes for vehicles and pedestrians coming to William & Mary this summer

Certain roadways on campus will be unavailable during the summer as the West Utility Plant project begins. (WYDaily/Courtesy William & Mary)
Certain roadways on campus will be unavailable during the summer as the West Utility Plant project begins. (WYDaily/Courtesy William & Mary)

Driving around the William & Mary campus might be more confusing this summer as the West Utility Plant construction project begins.

The first phase of the project is slated to begin on Monday and last until Aug. 15, according to the school’s website.

Construction on the plant is necessary to install new lines that will provide chilled water and steam between the new plant and associated buildings. The first phase of the project will consist of trenching and laying several yards of new piping along Ukrop Way.

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During that time there will be restrictions on the following roadways:

  • Ukrop Way, from the Parking deck to the Landrum Drive intersection, will be closed to general traffic.
  • The Parking Deck will still be available for use as well as the Adair Gymnasium.
  • Traffic going across campus will be detoured around the campus or may use Landrum Drive, which will be changed to allow two-way traffic.
  • All parking on Landrum Drive from the Swem Library loading dock to the intersection of Landrum Drive and Jamestown Road will be unavailable. However, there will be a limited amount of parallel ADA parking spaces for faculty, staff and residents available curbside near the midway point outside of Chandler Hall.
  • The DuPont Bridge will be limited to single lane traffic, with flagmen onsite for guidance throughout the day and a lighted traffic signal during the evening and weekends. This will cause delays for drivers and should not be utilized as a shortcut through campus.
  • Pedestrians leaving the parking deck will need to detour away from the construction and go around Jones and Small Hall toward the front of the Swem Library to reach the other side of campus.

The restrictions are a significant impact to parking over the summer as well as the movement of both vehicle and pedestrian or cyclist traffic, according to the college’s website. During the road closures, any adjacent sidewalks will also be unavailable.

For more information, visit William & Mary online.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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