Inside Clemson

Construction update: Fort Hill Street to close Oct. 26

By Jackie Todd, office of Media Relations

Campus construction is about to get a little more challenging. Fort Hill Street, in the heart of Clemson’s main campus, will close from Oct. 26 to Nov. 21. With the exception of emergency, delivery, facilities and postal vehicles, and cars with Americans with Disabilities Act  (ADA) placards, vehicles will not be able to use Fort Hill from Williamson Road to Holmes Hall.

The closure is tied to the Core Campus project and is necessary to reinforce a utility tunnel and relocate utilities that are located underground at points along the street.

“This will require a huge hole in the middle of the road,” said James Bonney, associate director of residential facilities–projects.

Pedestrian sidewalks will be closed on both sides of Fort Hill Street at the construction site. Signage denoting traffic, pedestrian and ADA sidewalk detours will be posted on the north and the south end of the project.

Access to Holmes Hall and the Dillard building will remain intact, but some of the building exits will be designated as emergency exits only. A clear path of egress will be maintained for both buildings.

The barricade that is currently on Calhoun Drive at Brackett Hall will be removed to allow two-way traffic. Vehicles will be allowed on the east side of Fort Hill Street from Calhoun Drive,  but large commercial trucks will be required to detour around the site. The Trustee House lot will remain open for employee parking and the metered spaces in front of the Calhoun Mansion will not be affected by the closure.

Clemson Area Transit’s (CAT) orange and purple routes will deviate around the construction area. Click here for a map of route deviations.

For a detailed PowerPoint containing the areas affected by the construction, click here.

Construction town hall scheduled

Want to know more about the progress of the Watt Family Innovation Center, Core Campus and the Freeman Hall expansion projects? Turner Construction, Whiting-Turner Contracting and M.B. Kahn Construction will host a town hall-style meeting for faculty, staff and students at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in Lee Hall 1-100. Read more here.