December 4, 2020

Murdoch Bridge to reopen Oct. 12; other construction updates

Murdoch Bridge to open Oct. 12
Murdoch Bridge closed on April 24and removed on April 30. The projected completion date is Oct. 12. They will be setting beams on the bridge this week. Detour signs are still in place throughout Webster Groves.

East Jackson will be asphalted
East Jackson road between Laclede Station road and Edgar road will be milled Aug. 15. It will be asphalted on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The road will remain open, however, it will be cut down to one lane. If it rains this weekend, the asphalting will be delayed a couple days.

Webster Hall Elevator to open in November
BSI Constructors is working on the new elevator by Webster Hall, which is scheduled for completion in November. Construction started in June. The current Webster Hall elevator will not remain open once the new elevator is completed.

Kirk House to become sand volleyball court
A sand volleyball court will be constructed on the patch of land, which used to be Kirk House. Kirk House was demolished the second week in August. The volleyball court will cost $20,000 and be completed by Sept. 1, if not sooner — Susan Kerth, a university spokesperson, said in an email exchange.

New donor plazas will be installed by EAB and Priest House
Webster is installing two new plazas on campus. The Garden Avenue Plaza is a paved map of the world and the gateway arch. Donors’ names will be engraved on limestone walls, north of the plaza. It will be between the East Academic Building (EAB) and the Community Music School (CMS).  Webster will recognize Webster Works campaign donors who donated $25,000 and more to the university. It is scheduled for completion on Oct. 22. Susan Kerth, a university spokesperson, said in an email exchange, the Garden Avenue Plaza was designed to act as a “new front door to the university.”

The Compass Plaza will be between the Sam H. Priest and Pearson Houses. One donor sponsored this project. Their name will be mounted on a masonry wall. It is scheduled for completion on Oct. 2.

Alberici Constructors started work on July 13 and broke ground on July 16. Lighting will be installed at both plazas.

Until the two plazas are complete, some sidewalks will be closed as construction continues.

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