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Palm Drive Turns into Pedestrian Mall
Visitors to Santa Clara University this fall will find a more pedestrian-friendly campus with the Mission Church as its centerpiece: Palm Drive and Alviso Street are being converted to a pedestrian mall.
The change will make the campus safer for pedestrians and will allow visitors to focus on the beauty of the Mission Church instead of on traffic and parked cars.
The first stage was completed this summer, when Palm Drive was closed and Alviso changed to a one-way street. Palm Drive is now a pedestrian mall that allows visitors to walk to the Mission Church.
Alviso Street is now one way: Traffic enters campus from the north on Franklin Street and exits onto Santa Clara Street at the south end. After commencement in June 2014, Alviso Street will close as well. It will reopen as a pedestrian mall after Labor Day in 2014.
A new parking structure will open in November with more parking spaces than were lost in the street closures. In addition, handicapped parking is being expanded throughout the campus.
All the pedestrian malls are accessible to emergency vehicles, and Palm Drive is still available for some ceremonial events.
To visit the campus and see the changes, stop at the entrance kiosk. From there, visitors will be directed to park in the main parking garage, on the street, or in the open parking lot between Lafayette and Benton Streets.