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Lourdes moves forward on mid-campus project, ready for walkway, trees

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The Lourdes University Mid-campus expansion project, which includes a pathway. The telephone poles in the background are slated to be removed.

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Lourdes University is making progress on its mid-campus expansion, as it prepares to turn undeveloped land into green space and have a walkway connect the main campus on Convent Boulevard to residential halls on Brint Road.

Officials said the walkway has been carved out and expect pavement to be installed in the next two weeks, depending on weather.

Crews are clearing telephone lines on the 11.4 acres of land between Brint and Convent. The walkway will enable students living at Lourdes Commons, apartments off of the Brint and McCord intersection, to travel to and from the main campus.

Sylvania has upgraded the crosswalk near the intersection, installing a traffic signal to replace four stop signs, and upgrading the crosswalks and sidewalks.

The mid-campus expansion is a multi-phase project. The first phase is to transform the land into a park-like setting, with benches, a tree grove, and landscaping. That is expected  to wrap up this summer.

The overall expansion project, which Lourdes has said could take years and cost at least $12 million, includes a sports arena and another building on the 11 acres.

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