EL PASO - A $25 million facelift has begun on the campus of University of Texas at El Paso. The changes will restore an arroyo currently buried under a parking lot, create public park areas, and connect the campus with pedestrian and bicycle paths.
The centerpiece of the eight-project effort will be Centennial Plaza, a large green space located in the middle of the campus between Union Building West and the Geological Sciences Building.
Although 556 parking spaces will be lost when the projects are completed, 1,138 spaces will become available in new parking areas on both sides of campus.
Construction already has begun on Hawthorne St,, which is being converted into a pedestrian walkway. Next will be Wiggins Rd. The Psychology Building will receive a redesign and Circle Drive will be removed to create a pedestrian concourse.
After the arroyo is restored, a natural path through campus will run from Arroyo Park to Parker Brothers Arroyo.
The projects are expected to be mostly finished by end of 2014.