Indiana University plans to shut down 10th Street on campus for almost four weeks over winter break. The university asked the Bloomington Board of Public Works to approve the closure at a meeting December 2nd. Drivers will have to detour around 10th Street, which will be closed from Jordan Avenue to Fee Lane. IU’s real estate director, Jason Banach (BA-nek) said the closure is the result of a project to improve the sprinkler system at the Wells Library.
IU asked to close the street starting December 18th until January 12th. Board of Public Works President Charlotte Zietlow said there would be complaints despite many students being out of town.
Bill Riggert, one of the engineers working on the project, said the construction work will be difficult. The university is extending a water main to provide additional water for the sprinklers in the Wells Library.
Despite those concerns, those working on the project said they were confident it would be finished in time to reopen 10th Street on January 12th, when students will return from break.