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New asphalt paths are gracing the Quad this week, while others have been removed to open up more space.

The paths had become damaged over the years, prompting requests by students for repair. Their condition also created a safety problem when snow plow blades would catch on an edge, causing drivers to lurch forward.

Plant operations staff are grading and seeding the area to repair damage done during the job and to revegetate ground formerly covered by asphalt.

Elimination of one of the paths has enlarged the area often used for ultimate frisbee, says Bruce Ferretti, director of physical planning and plant operations.

Other projects has been proceeding according to schedule, he adds. Progress is continuing on the diversion of College Hill sewer pipes, which was necessitated by construction of Kirby Sports Center. Work started on Pierce Street from its intersection with Hamilton Street and will continue on Detrich Road, finishing at the intersection of Detrich and Bushkill Drive.

“Progress is going pretty well,” says Ferretti. “What we wanted to do was get away from the [Kirby Sports Center] front door prior to students returning. Right now the workers are in front replacing pipes. They won’t be done by the time students get back, but they will be out of the way.”

Ferretti says he is pleased that crews have not encountered as much rock as anticipated. No complaints have been received from neighbors about traffic restrictions or noise. The project is expected to be completed in September.

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