New Small Parking Lot to Be Big Help

Lot 16 to provide 12 new spaces, including seven accessible spots, near Physics and Chung Hall

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Construction crews work on on the new 12-spot Lot 16 on North Campus Drive between Physics and Chung Hall. The lot will feature seven new ADA-compliant accessible spaces. UCR Strategic Communications

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (  —  Construction is now underway on a 12-spot parking lot located on a former construction lay-down area adjacent to Winston Chung Hall and the Physics Building.

Lot 16, while small, will feature a total of seven handicapped accessible spots. The addition will help the university comply with American Disability Act guidelines, which state that roughly 2% of available campus spaces be designated and reserved for accessible parking.

“This project, along with recent improvements in the accessible parking spaces in Lot 19 at the opposite end of North Campus Drive, will provide additional access that disabled campus community members need for the buildings and activities on the north side of the campus core,” said Andrew Stewart, superintendent of Transportation and Parking Services.

The spaces will be available to individuals with valid campus medical parking permits or visitors with valid permits issued by the state they reside in.

Executive Director of Capital Programs, Architects and Engineers Richard Racicot said that work on the project began in early August and it is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. But the project isn’t just a matter of laying down a coat of asphalt on the ground. After grading the lot, crews will build a “bioswale,” a landscape element that helps remove silt and pollution from water running off of the lot. It will also feature lighting elements that will illuminate the Physics Building.

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Crews use an auger on their Bobcat tractor during construction on Lot 16. UCR Strategic Communications

The lot is adjacent to the site of the former lot 16, which was located where Chung Hall now stands, with a loss of 100 spaces. Since the construction of Chung Hall, the space has been used by construction crews during recent work on the Physics and Geology Buildings.

The project is one of five smaller projects designed to improve service and overall safety in the area around Chung Hall. Other aspects include accessible sidewalks, pathway lighting, bicycle parking and access controls to campus service areas and pathways.

“The projects will all help ensure that the campus is accessible to as many people as possible so they can participate in UC’s mission,” Stewart said.

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