SYLVA – Students who’ve not been by Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus this summer are in for a surprise when they return Monday, Aug. 18, for the first day of classes.
The NCDOT project, R-5000 has arrived at Southwestern’s doorstep resulting in some changes students should be aware of when navigating campus. Construction of new concrete box culverts carrying Mill Creek and storm drainage underneath the Balsam parking lot “A1” has created a giant excavated pit.
All traffic for the Burrell Building will have to use the entrance nearest the bus garage from NC-116. This entrance should also be used for all wanting to park in the remaining 180-plus spaces of the Balsam lot “A1.” All other campus traffic will need to bypass the original entrance (now blocked off) and instead use the temporary entrance in front of the National Guard Armory from NC-116.
Temporary ADA parking for the Balsam Center has been added on the side nearest the Armory. NCDOT has requested the one-way drive running in front of the Balsam Center be closed and only used for emergency use.
“We expect that all culvert construction will be performed during the fall semester, and traffic patterns are expected to change during different construction phases,” said Daniel Manring, SCC’s coordinator of administrative and facility projects. “We’ll keep students, faculty and staff informed of any changes via our website, social media and e-mail updates.”
For anyone interested in enrolling at SCC for fall classes, the final day of registration is Friday, Aug. 15. Call (828) 339-4000 or visit the Jackson Campus for more information.