Nick McWilliams Reporting – New Philadelphia, Ohio: The new entranceway to the Kent State Tuscarawas campus is nearing completion.

Designed to ease traffic congestion when classes let out, especially at the same time as Buckeye Career Center down the road, the new path helps address recent growth of the regional campus.

While there are more steps to be taken before opening such as landscaping, a few signs, and some painting, Dean Dr. Bradley Bielski says the unveiling has been held back by one problem.

“I have a report from our architects that basically say[s] it’s 95% completed. If we wanted to open today, we could. But, given the fact that we have been either frozen, snow-covered, or drenched, we’re going to wait until we get a little bit better weather.”

Even with inclement weather working against them, the university is aiming to open in late March or early April.

“We’re pretty convinced it won’t be sleeting or snowing out there for the opening. When we take a look at the weather forecast and see it looks like the weather is broken, and it looks like we’ll have a stretch of seven or 10 days temperate or mild days, we’ll probably go ahead an open it at that point.”

The next phase is expected to begin soon, which involves housing for students who reside far from campus and other academic buildings, among other improvements.

The first phase of the project was funded by local money and donations.


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