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September 6, 2013

MSU tunnel project slightly behind

Pedestrian link project delayed slightly


There will be a grass ramp built up along one side of the tunnel, creating an outdoor amphitheater where bands, speakers and other entertainers will perform.

The projected Oct. 22 completion date is still weather-dependent, Corcoran said. The 10 rain days built into the schedule have already been used.

“I'm pleased with where we're at right now,” he said. “Certainly, along the way, with this (kind of) complex project, it gets stressful.”

Corcoran said crews are working on forming the roof deck of the tunnel. Shortly after that is complete, filling and grading work can begin.

“Folks will see a lot of change in the next month,” he said.

Sia Yang, a senior, goes to the library about three times a week. It was a lot more convenient when she could just jet across the mall and head into the front of the library from her class, she said.

“I don't mind walking more, but if you have a class, you have to rush,” she said. “Yeah, I'm really, really ready (for the project to be done).”

Corcoran said the crew is making an effort to get the front library access restored ahead of the completion of the whole project. He's hoping to have that part done by Oct. 4, and students will have a pathway to walk that will lead to the front doors.

In the meantime, Peterson said the library is open during its regular hours of service. The Maywood Avenue entrance on the north side of the building is being used as the main entrance, and there is signage up all around the area directing people to the doors.

“If you need the library, here we are,” she said.

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