As part of our ongoing infrastructure upgrades, it is necessary that the cooling towers on the Main Campus Central Plant be replaced. In order to accomplish this, West Road access and campus air conditioning will be affected as follows:
The West Road will be closed from the West Road Garage to St. Charles Avenue from 6 AM Friday morning, January 29th through 10 PM Sunday, January 31st to vehicle traffic, parking, and pedestrians. The West Road Garage will remain accessible from the Freret Street side. This is due to the need for raising and lowering of equipment to and from the roof of the Central Plant. As of Monday, February 1st, West Road traffic is expected to return to normal, although there may be occasional interruptions throughout the following week.
There will be no air conditioning generated on the main campus from 5 PM Friday evening, January 29th until 5 AM Saturday morning, January 30th (with the exception of Mercy Hall). After 5 AM Saturday morning, limited air conditioning will begin to return to the main campus buildings, and service will continue to be restored throughout the following week as work progresses within the Central Plant.
The entire project is expected to be completed by Sunday, February 7th, WEATHER PERMITTING. If any of these activities are postponed by weather, we will keep you advised.
It is absolutely essential that this work be conducted at this time. Heating will NOT be affected. Your patience will be very much appreciated, and I thank you for your collective positive approach to these campus improvements, as well as the many which are yet to come.
Again, thank you for your understanding and cooperation.