San Martin Project Update
February 10, 2016
Dear Members of the Homewood Campus Community:
As the university announced last month, we are about to launch an exciting project to significantly improve San Martin Drive, the scenic, winding and heavily traveled road that runs adjacent to and through much of the Homewood campus.
This project will improve safety for the many pedestrians, runners, drivers and bicyclists who use San Martin. It will make an already attractive thoroughfare even more aesthetically pleasing. It also will create new campus landmarks and gateways at important intersections, including those at San Martin and University Parkway and at Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue.
That’s the long-term outcome. In the short term, there will be inconvenience. There are going to be closures and detours. There are going to be temporary changes in how we get to campus and in how we get around once we’re here.
The first of these changes go into effect at the end of this week. Here are the details.
Work begins Friday, Feb. 12. We expect completion of the bulk of construction in December, with additional work, such as landscaping, ending by May 2017. The project will unfold in three phases, as shown on the map below. This phasing helps us avoid closing the entire length of San Martin, nearly a mile, at any one time. Nevertheless, travel to and from campus by way of San Martin will be significantly disrupted throughout this project. Detours will be in place and marked by signs during each of the three phases.
In Phase One, from this Friday until September, the segment of San Martin Drive marked in blue on the map will be closed to vehicles and, except at designated crossings, to pedestrians. This segment runs from the South Garage entrance on Wyman Park Drive to the West Gate, also known as the lacrosse gate (near the Johns Hopkins Club and the biology complex).
The intersection of San Martin Drive and Wyman Park Drive will also be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. The West Gate will be closed to vehicles entering or leaving campus. But areas of San Martin Drive north of the West Gate – such as the turn into the parking lots behind Homewood Field – will be open.
Phase One specifics
- You will be able to reach the Homewood Early Learning Center and its drop-off/pickup area. Approach campus on Wyman Park Drive from Remington Avenue. (See the yellow segment on the phasing map.)
- You will be able to reach the San Martin Garage, but only through the lower entrance on Carnegie Way. Approach campus on Wyman Park Drive from Remington Avenue. (See the yellow segment on the phasing map). Just past the Homewood Early Learning Center, turn left and follow Carnegie Way to the San Martin Garage. (All levels of the garage will be accessible from the lower entrance, but the upper entrance will be closed.)
- You will be able to reach the South Garage entrance below Mason Hall. The garage will be open as usual for permit parking and visitor parking. Approach on Wyman Park Drive from Art Museum Drive.
- You will be able to reach Bowman Drive, but only from the south end. Bowman is the on-campus road that begins near the South Garage, winds behind Clark and Hodson halls and continues north on campus. Approach on Wyman Park Drive from Art Museum Drive, turn onto campus at the South Garage entrance and turn left onto Bowman Drive. Remember: Bowman Drive will dead-end at the West Gate. Drivers will not be able to exit there; you will need to reverse course and exit by the South Garage.
- Faculty hang tag holders, West Gate Garage users, Johns Hopkins Club patrons and service permit vehicles making deliveries may use Bowman Drive, but will need to enter and exit campus as detailed in the bullet point above. Detour signs will be posted.
- Pedestrians may cross San Martin Drive at all times, but only over the San Martin Center pedestrian bridge and at two designated crossings. One crossing is at Olin Hall and the other is between the Bloomberg Center and Muller Building (i.e., the Space Telescope Science Institute).
- Other than at these crossings, pedestrians should avoid the construction zone. Note: The Wyman Park Drive pedestrian crossing near the South Garage entrance will remain in use.
The Office of Facilities and Real Estate has kept key department representatives and divisional facilities offices informed as plans have progressed. They have worked together to anticipate special needs. Please direct questions about unique situations (such as deliveries, large vehicles or special events) to your department administrators or school facilities leadership.
Facilities and Real Estate remains ready to help. If additional assistance is needed, please contact the director of transportation services, Greg Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org), or the associate director of planning, design and construction, Nick Farrell (email@example.com).
As the project progresses, we will provide you with the updated information you need through messages like this, through the Hub and the Homewood campus’s daily Today’s Announcements, and through our direct contacts with the schools and departments. You can also check the San Martin Drive project website for updates.
Like you, we regret the need for these detours and other disruptions. We hope you will agree when the project is complete, however, that we have enhanced the Homewood campus experience for the university's students, faculty, staff and visitors, and for our campus neighbors.
Daniel G. Ennis
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration
Vice President, Facilities and Real Estate