Some sidewalks offline, routes changed for Performing Arts Center construction

By Jordan Simms & Austin Lagesse, NEWS3 Reporters

MACOMB, Illinois (NEWS3)- Additional fencing was added last week around the construction site for the Center for Performing Arts on the Western Illinois University campus. 

This was added to fence off the area for additional underground utility work and site grading west of Simpkins hall. It will remain and block access to the area for the “foreseeable future,” according to an email sent to WIU students.

Pedestrians can take the route to the south and east of Simpkins hall, or west to the sidewalk on Western avenue for Corbin and Olson halls. 

 Simpkins’ west doors will be accessible to emergency exits. Students can access Browne hall through the building’s north, west, and east doors.

Once the work is completed in that area, the contractor intends to install a temporary walkway near Simpkins, the email stated.

NEWS3 will continue to follow the construction project for further updates.


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