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Palm Drive Construction will Create a New Gateway to Santa Clara University
SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 5, 2013 — After commencement weekend 2013 draws to a close, Santa Clara University will begin making a historic change to its beautiful campus: Converting Palm Drive and Alviso Street into a pedestrian mall that will highlight the Mission Church as the centerpiece of the campus.
Artistic renderings of the changes can be viewed here.
Palm Drive is the road leading up to the Mission Church from the main University entrance; Alviso Street runs perpendicular to Palm, spanning from Santa Clara Street near Donohoe Alumni House to Franklin Street near Alumni Science Hall.
When the project is eventually completed later next year, both streets will be permanently closed to vehicle traffic and parking.
The change, which has been in the planning stages for several years, will make the campus safer for pedestrians and encourage people to walk. It will also allow visitors to focus on the beauty of the Mission Church instead of on traffic and parked cars.
Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the changes:
When will Palm Drive close and the pedestrian mall open?
What else will change when Palm Drive closes?
When will Alviso Street close and the pedestrian mall open?
If I used to park on Palm Drive, where will I be able to park?
If I used to park on Alviso Street, where will I be able to park?
How will this affect visitors to campus?
How will the changes affect parking for faculty and staff?
Will I have to walk a lot further to the Mission?
Where will handicapped drivers be able to park, with the loss of the spaces on Alviso Street?
Will emergency vehicles have access to the buildings on the new pedestrian mall?
How will weddings, funerals, and other ceremonial events be handled?