This year’s 10th Annual McLaren Brooksie Way half marathon, 10K and 5K events will bring large volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic to the Oakland University campus on Sunday, September 24. As such, University community members who plan to be on campus that day are advised to plan in advance for road closures and potential travel delays.
To accommodate Brooksie Way events, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, September 24:
- 5:30 a.m. to noon – Meadow Brook Road will be closed at the Meadow Brook Amphitheatre main gate for the entire pre-race and race event. This is the start and finish point for all races.
- 8 a.m. to noon – Ravine Drive, Meadow Brook Road, Library Drive and Pioneer Drive will be closed.
Residence hall students planning to leave campus between 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday morning should park their cars in the P1 and P3 lots overnight on Saturday. The Oakland University Police Department will relax enforcement of overnight parking restrictions in P1 and P3 on Saturday night only.
Residence hall students should be aware that there will be no exits available onto Walton Blvd. from West Oakland Drive. Ann V. Nicholson Student Apartments residents will be able to exit the parking lot for that complex at East Oakland Drive and then turn left toward Walton.
On Sunday, primary access to campus for non-race participants will be from Squirrel Road. Campus community members and visitors should use the P1 lot and walk to various destinations. All commuters are advised that vehicle traffic on and around campus will be heavy during the event, particularly from 7-8 a.m.
All regular traffic patterns will return to normal beginning at noon on Sunday.
To learn more about the McLaren Brooksie Way, including course maps, schedules, and registration, visit thebrooksieway.com.
Move-in for the on-campus residential community will take place on Saturday, September 2; Sunday, September 3; and Monday, September 4. University employees should anticipate a substantial increase in both traffic and parked vehicles during this time, and are asked to cooperate with the following temporary restrictions:
- From September 2-3, there will be no faculty and staff parking in lot P-5, which will be used for unloading of resident student vehicles only.
- Other parking areas likely to be affected by vehicle overflow include lots P-16, P-3, P-2 and the northern end of lot P-1. Faculty and staff are advised to avoid parking in these areas during the move-in period.
- Traffic on Meadow Brook Road between West Oakland Drive and Ravine Drive will be restricted to resident students only. In addition, Ravine will be closed to through traffic.
In addition to helping facilitate an efficient student move-in process, the Department of University Housing would like to ask that the on-campus community welcome new student residents when opportunities present themselves, as well as provide information and direction when asked or a need becomes evident.
The cooperation of faculty and staff in these efforts is greatly appreciated.
The Oakland University Board of Trustees has approved a $7.2 million plan to expand main campus parking capacity by more than 8 percent, as well as to create a new traffic circle at the intersection of Pioneer Drive and Meadow Brook Road.
Cognizant of overall parking demand that at times has exceeded capacity, University engineers worked with consultants to identify seven sites where parking could be added affordably and with minimal environmental concerns.
In total, 660 spaces will be added and available for use prior to the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. University leaders project that the added capacity will lead to a maximum parking space utilization rate of 95 percent.
Also part of the project, new emergency blue phones and security cameras will be installed in the P-1, P-37, and P-39 lots.
The addition of the roundabout at Pioneer Drive and Meadow Brook is expected to significantly improve traffic flow. To date, this area has seen periodic traffic congestion, particularly during the evening rush hour when many faculty, staff and students are leaving campus.
Work on the approved parking and road projects will begin on May 1. All will be funded through the use of existing University resources.
In conjunction with construction of the new Southern Student Housing complex, Varner Drive, as well as Grizzly Lane north of the P-32 parking structure, will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.
Campus commuters interested in using the P-32 parking structure will still be able to access it from both Library Drive and Grizzly Lane, and those interested in using the P-34 and P-36 lots located south of the Engineering Center will be able to access them from Library Drive.
The P-24 lot, located to the southwest of Varner Hall, will remain open during construction. Temporary entrances have been installed on the west side of the lot from P-36 and on the east side from P-26.
The road closures outlined above will remain in effect throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, with reopening anticipated with completion of the new housing facility prior to the fall of 2018.
Faculty, staff and students accustomed to using the affected roadways are encouraged to plan in advance to use alternate routes as needed.
Campus parking information, including notices of closures such as this one, can always be found on the Oakland University Police Department’s Parking Services webpage.
The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community during major University events.