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STANFORD -- Preliminary construction to prepare for the ground-breaking of the Gates Computer Science Building is expected to begin in mid-March and may cause some traffic disruptions.
The purpose of the Gates Power and Communication Duct Bank project is to clear underground power and communication utilities from the building site. The work is expected to take about 12 weeks, said Lewis Lane of Facilities.
The work will consist of trenching for the underground bank and vault installation and will be located primarily around the perimeter of the parking lot at the corner of Serra Street and Via Palou, between Gilbert Biology and Campus Drive.
There also will be work extending from this lot down the Campus Drive sidewalk and into the parking lot between Mudd Chemistry and Roth Way. During the work period, some parking spaces will be lost and parking lot circulation may be affected, Lane said.
A portion of the work will cross Serra Street and extend a short distance along Via Palou. During this phase, the connection to Campus Drive may be closed in both directions. To provide for access, the bollards and "pan basher" in front of Herrin Hall that separate the Via Palou/Via Crespi area from the Serra Street/Palm Drive area will be removed. This will be done several days before the closure so that drivers can familiarize themselves with the detour. Signs will be posted.
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