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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University September 27, 2004 | Vol. 34 No. 5
Portion of San Martin Drive to be Closed Four to Six Weeks for Construction

Homewood's San Martin Center will take a big step toward completion next month when construction begins on the pedestrian bridge that will provide employees and guests with easy access from a new five-level, 523-space parking garage to campus grounds across the street.

The bridge will span San Martin Drive northwest of Nichols House and will connect to an elevated, ADA-compliant walkway linking to a new brick sidewalk on the west side of the Johns Hopkins Club.

In order to complete the project, and for safety reasons, a portion of San Martin Drive will be closed for approximately four to six weeks, starting around Oct. 20.

The southern end of the road will be closed at the intersection of San Martin and Wyman Park drives, with signs directing traffic down Wyman Park Drive and north on Remington Avenue to Keswick Road. Visitors to Olin Hall, and JHU maintenance and construction vehicles serving Olin Hall and the bridge construction, will be allowed through the detour.

The northern end of San Martin Drive will be closed at West University Parkway except for local traffic. Through traffic heading south will be directed to West University Parkway, Charles Street and Art Museum Drive.

The main element of the San Martin Center will be a three-story, 79,000-square-foot structure that will serve as the new home for the Carnegie Institution of Washington's Department of Embryology, whose scientists hold joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins Department of Biology. Its offices are currently located at 115 W. University Parkway. The new facility, with state-of-the-art laboratories, is to be called the Maxine F. Singer Building.

Constructed on top of the five-level parking garage will be a two-level, 46,000-square-foot office building that will house a Johns Hopkins tenant, not yet identified.

The San Martin Center is expected to open in March 2005.


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