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Lane Closures to Start on Campus Drive

Construction, Part of Purple Line Project, Will Coincide With Move-in

By Maryland Today Staff

train bridge over Campus Drive

Photo by Emma Howells

Lanes in each direction of Campus Drive are expected to be closed for about a year for construction to lower the roadway so the planned Purple Line can pass under a train bridge.

One lane in each direction will be closed on Campus Drive east of Baltimore Avenue starting on or about Wednesday for construction related to the Purple Line project.

The lane closures, which will last for approximately a year, are needed to lower the roadway so trains can travel through the WMATA Metro and CSX railroad underpass. The sidewalk will remain open for now but is scheduled to close in early September, when alternate routes for pedestrians and cyclists will be announced.

Residence hall move-in for the Fall 2019 semester will take place from Aug. 22–25, so staff, faculty and students are encouraged to arrive on campus before 9 a.m.; avoid driving during the day to meetings or for lunch; and use sustainable commute options such as Shuttle-UM, ridesharing, biking and walking when possible.

Throughout the construction period, drivers and bus riders should expect moderate delays in the area during rush hour, and significant delays during special university events.

The Purple Line will be a 16-mile-long light rail line that extends from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County. Five stations will be on or near the UMD campus.

Members of the campus community can sign up for Purple Line construction notices here and report safety concerns to Purple Line Transit Constructors at


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