In support of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, October 13-14, the campus community is advised of the following parking lot closures:
- Lot P16 will close on Thursday, October 12, at 11 p.m. and re-open Monday afternoon, October 16. Individuals who need access to O’Dowd Hall starting Friday, October 13, through Monday, October 16, are advised to park in lots P1, P26 or P29. Handicap parking will remain accessible during business hours on Friday.
- Lot P18 will close Friday, October 13, at 11 p.m. and reopen Monday, October 16, at 6 a.m.
- Half of lot P2 will close on Thursday, October 12, at 11 p.m. and reopen on Saturday, October 14, at approximately 11 p.m.
- Lot P17 will close Thursday, October 12, at 5 p.m. and reopen Sunday, October 15, at 6 a.m.
Any cars remaining in these lots during the periods of closure will be towed.
In addition to the scheduled Homecoming and Reunion Weekend activities, there are a number of events, programs, conferences, tournaments and performances taking place throughout campus this weekend. Campus community members are advised to be prepared for an influx of vehicular and pedestrian traffic and plan accordingly.
For the most up to date information on Homecoming and Reunion Weekend, as well as event-related parking recommendations, visit oakland.edu/homecoming.
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.