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Installation of New Fireline May Cause Delays on Route 195
(Released: 06/18/01)

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 smoke detectors.

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 completed.

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