Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Road and Parking Closures

  Grab and move

All campus entrances but one are now open

The East Gate entrance off McGill Road and the exit to Summit Drive are open again. Construction on University Drive to upgrade underground wiring and utilities has shifted to allow the re-openings. However, the Summit Drive entrance and the northeast section of University Drive remain closed.

The re-opening of East Gate should make navigating campus easier. University Drive and the Summit entrance will re-open at some point in the spring.

Along with the East Gate re-opening, 100 parking stalls in Lot E were also put back in circulation. That is taking some of the pressure off economy Lot N, but anyone driving to campus should still be aware that there are times when spaces take time to find.

Lot A4 is losing a few spaces as a result of construction on the Creston House project. Access to that lot is changing and drivers will have to go through Lot A3 to get there, but please note there will be fewer spaces available. One alternative is to park in Lot E.

Allow yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot and get where you need to go.

The upgrades are being made to service the new Nursing and Population Health building and Industrial Trades and Technology Centre, along with other future buildings, including The Reach.

Consider the alternatives

TRU values sustainability and we do promote reducing our environmental footprint. Please consider taking transit, carpooling or, when the weather allows, cycling or walking. You can always combine these options: some people pop their bike onto the bus rack and ride up the hill to work, then cycle home. Others take the bus part way and walk. Still others drive part way, find a place where they can legally park all day, then walk the rest of the way to work. Maybe there’s another way that will work for you!

Frequently Asked Questions (Updated Aug. 24, 2017)

We understand the road closures are causing inconvenience and we apologize for the difficulties this is creating for our community. Unfortunately, the timelines we strived to meet with our construction partners could not be achieved. We hope these questions and answers will give you information you can use to assess the transportation options available to you, and make a plan for getting to and from campus while the road closures are in effect

 Why are the roads closed?

TRU needs to make upgrades to underground wiring and utilities supporting all areas of campus. Currently, construction projects are imminent or underway in the university’s own revenue-generating development, The Reach; the new Industrial Trades and Technology Centre; and the new Nursing and Population Health building. We are working with construction partners on this complex project, but as can happen, unanticipated challenges – such as old asbestos pipes that needed careful handling –have pushed out times for the upgrades and led to this closure.

These are all long-term improvements for TRU and our students, through the creation of state-of-the-art facilities and fund-generation. There will also be more roadside parking available on campus when this work is completed in November.

 Why is this happening now?

We had tried to get the work done before the start of classes in fall. This was definitely not when we wanted to have roads closed. However, certain processes must be completed before a construction project can move from one phase to another. In this case, these processes extended from initial board approvals, to securing permits, legal and government approvals, sourcing and scheduling specialized equipment and crews to do the work, and then the work itself. A delay at any one of these junctures can throw the construction timeline off. We encountered challenges in many of these steps and that ultimately made the road closure now unavoidable.

 What is the best way to access campus and find parking?

Plan your route to access campus and get to your parking lot ahead of time. The closures affect the East Gate access off Summit Drive and the University Drive East access off McGill close to Summit. It also affects parking lots E, near Summit and McGill, and A2 behind Old Main.

Look at getting onto campus from the West Gate (past the Tournament Capital Centre) or North Gate (on Hillside Drive North), which are expected to be less congested than the entry point at Dalhousie and McGill. Those other entrances will also get you closer to parking lot N, which is further from the areas that will be prone to congestion.

Give yourself more time to arrive and leave campus. The road closures will likely cause traffic delays in getting to assigned parking and drop-off spots, if you are getting a ride. It would be best to leave for campus 20 to 30 minutes earlier than usual. If you have scheduled obligations at the end of the day, talk to your supervisor or your instructor to make arrangements so you can fulfill your work duties or complete your assignments.

 Are there other ways to get to campus?

The City transit service is still running as per usual. The link will connect you to schedules and maps for all campus routes. For students who are entitled to a free UPass, transit may be an especially economical option. Like many students and employees, you can opt to walk or bike to campus. Bike racks are located at the south and west entrances to Old Main, south of the House of Learning, north of the Science building, inside the main entrance of the BC Centre of Open Learning, near the library main entrance, near the TRUSU main entrance, between the International Building and Arts and Education building and by the main entrance to the warehouse. There are racks on the front of City transit buses for cyclists who may need to take transit for part of their route. As well, TRU Rideshare will help you find carpool partners from your area.

 What is the timeline for the closures?

TRU found out on Aug. 17 that the closures were going to be necessary. Ever since, we have been working hard to get information out and to make plans and accommodations as much as we can. The construction work causing the road closures is anticipated to last into November. We will provide updates as work progresses to keep everyone informed and we will let everyone know as soon as possible when it is all over.

 Will this affect transit or emergency access?

BC Transit has been notified of the road closures and traffic changes. The affected access roads are not routes that transit uses. However, there may be delays due to traffic congestion resulting from the road closures.

Emergency services such as police, fire and ambulance have been notified about the closures. They still have full access at Dalhousie, West Gate and North Gate.