Installation of New Fireline May Cause Delays on Route 195
By Richard Veilleux, Office of University Communications
Please see the Campus Traffic Delays/Detours page.
STORRS, Conn. -- Installation of new firelines on the campus of the
University of Connecticut, which will allow workers to install new
sprinkler systems in nearly a dozen residence hall
complexes, may cause traffic delays on Route 195 until the work is
completed in mid- to late August.
The work, which began on campus shortly after commencement exercises,
will bring high-pressure water lines to the doorstep of all UConn
residence halls. Sprinkler systems will be
installed in McMahon and Hilltop residence hall complexes this summer,
and to the Alumni Quad, Shippee and Buckley halls in the summer of
2002. Three more complexes will receive
sprinkler systems in 2003, and the final two residence halls will be
upgraded in the summer of 2004.
UConn's Board of Trustees earlier this year asked officials to
ensure than 95 percent of UConn's more than 8,000 beds are protected
by sprinkler systems by 2003. UConn has installed
sprinklers in a number of residence halls already, and all dorms have
state-of-the-art alarm systems, fireproofed, self-closing doors, and
The work, which will occur primarily on the northbound lanes of
Route 195, between North Eagleville and Mansfield roads, will take
place from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on weekdays, weather
permitting. Workers may also lay the pipelines during weekends, if
the schedule demands it.
On campus, occasional road closings may occur during summer as
workers from Beebe Construction Co., Mizzy Construction, and Mather
Corp. bring firelines across Glenbrook,
Coventry, Bolton and Mansfield roads. Work on Hillside Road has been
June 2001 Releases