Travel on Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus will be more convenient for drivers—and much safer for pedestrians—when the full length of San Martin Drive reopens on Jan. 3.
Sections of the road have been closed or limited since the San Martin Drive Pedestrian Improvements project began in February. As the project reaches the completion of another phase, drivers will be able to travel from University Parkway to Wyman Park Drive and continue on Wyman Park Drive to Remington Avenue.
On the same day, the sidewalk on the south side of Wyman Park Drive will be open, providing access to the campus from Remington Avenue, and the majority of the new sidewalk from the Bloomberg Center to University Parkway will be open for continuous pedestrian access to and from the north side of campus.
"It's good news for the New Year," said Bob McLean, vice president for facilities and real estate. "We appreciate the university community's patience and cooperation as we made important improvements to the safety, convenience, and appearance of this well-traveled area."
The improvements will provide better pathways and lighting for pedestrians; shorter, more easily negotiable crosswalks at three intersections; and brick gateways at entrances to the JHU Homewood campus, McLean said.
There will continue to be some construction activities during the first few months of 2017, including:
- The sidewalk on the north side of Wyman Park Drive, in front of the Homewood Early Learning Center, will be under construction through January. Pedestrians will be able to use the new sidewalk on the south side of the street.
- The new brick gateways and curbs at the University Parkway intersection will still be under construction through February. A pedestrian route will be maintained through this intersection, and a temporary path will be installed from University Parkway to the new San Martin Drive sidewalk to allow access to campus.
- Some landscaping will be completed in Spring, 2017 to allow plantings to occur during optimal weather conditions.
Traffic may be reduced to one lane for brief periods, but those activities will be scheduled during non-peak travel times, and flaggers will guide drivers around the work zones. Detour signs will direct pedestrians around the remaining work areas, as necessary.