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Improvements to entrance coming to FGCU

As students attend orientation this summer, they will begin to notice some changes around the entryway to campus.

FGCU has planned for three enhancement projects aimed at making the campus more appealing to students and visitors. Some of the phases have already begun.

“FGCU has a beautiful campus, and these projects were planned to make it more extravagant,” said Thomas Mayo, the planner of the projects.

Visitors who stop at the information booth on their way into campus will see changes to the landscaping on the median and next to the road. Flowers, trees, mulch and shrubs will be planted around these areas in hope that it will make the drive into campus more appealing. Work was already started on landscaping by Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, but the university sought to connect the landscaping from the main road into campus. This project is set to be completed by the end of the summer semester.

The second project that is set to get underway is the repaving of FGCU Boulevard. The 20-year-old road was believed to be in need of an upgrade in order to help in the longevity of the road. The university has made it clear that there will be one-lane closures throughout the week, as the road gets paved. The project is anticipated to be finished in a week or less.

The final project is set to begin in a few weeks. Many pedestrians and bike riders use the sidewalks and roadways on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, leading to the university investing in widening these sidewalks so they are safer. The existing sidewalk will be replaced with a 10-foot-wide path.

“This new path should be wide enough for both pedestrians and bike riders to move safely without much conflict,” Mayo said.

New sidewalks will also be installed around campus, aimed at making it safer for students to ride to and from campus. One of the main sidewalk installation projects will be one from Ben Hill Griffin Parkway connecting to Sugden Welcome Center. The university is encouraging students to be more earth- friendly by riding their bikes rather than driving. A new bike rack will be installed at the welcome center to support this idea.

All of these improvement projects are to be done by the end of the summer session.

These are just a few of the many projects aimed at improving FGCU’s campus this year. With over 40 projects planned for the 2016-17 school year, FGCU has made it its goal to be the most modern, student and environmentally friendly campus as it can.

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