YPSILANTI – Parking lots across the Eastern Michigan University campus are receiving a dramatic facelift and repairs this month. The major improvements to the surfaces of the lots comes thanks to the investment by the University’s new parking partner, ParkEMU.
The projects involve stripping the lots and repaving them in what’s called a mill and overlay process. An inch or so of the old asphalt layer is ground off and then a new layer is laid down and rolled before parking space lines are applied. The work has also involved some structural improvements to storm sewers and other elements of the parking lots.
Details of the University’s new agreement with ParkEMU were announced in December 2017. In addition to the University receiving an upfront payment of $55 million, ParkEMU is committing $4.2 million over the next three years to upgrade University parking facilities.
The following lots are being been improved this month:
Oakwood South Lot: The Oakwood South lot, located between the Science Complex and Oakwood Street on the west end of campus, was stripped and repaved from Tuesday, August 7 through Monday, August 13.
• McKenny Paid Lot: The McKenny paid lot, located on the southwest corner of campus at the corner of Washtenaw Avenue and Oakwood Street, was stripped and repaved from Tuesday, August 7 through Monday, August 13.
• Normal Lots: The Normal parking lots, located by the Water Tower and just south of Welch Hall, were stripped and repaved the weekend of Saturday, August 11.
• Porter Circle: The spots in the Porter Circle parking area, located next to the Porter Building and College of Education, were repaved the weekend of Saturday, August 11.
• Green Lot: The northwest corner of the Green Lot, located at that end of campus off Huron River Drive, is being stripped and repaved.
The Green lot project cost $210,000, and the combined price of the other four projects is $470,000.
About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 20,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.