Parking Ramp Site: Soil Contamination, Testing and Mitigation
During excavation at the parking ramp site, environmental safety consultants discovered soil that has been contaminated with gas and diesel. Further testing and excavation revealed evidence of volatile organic compounds. No evidence of risk to persons on or near the worksite has been found. As health and safety is the university’s highest priority, response to this issue has begun in several ways, such as:
- Launching new rounds of testing on this and other areas;
- Removing contaminated soil;
- Consulting with MnSCU’s finance and facilities leadership team and appropriate regulatory agencies including the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and the Capital Region Watershed District; and
- Developing plans to replace our intended storm-water infiltration system with a filtration system that will keep storm-water from entering the watershed.
The university is gathering information on potential impact to construction timelines and costs. Some spring semester courses will be moved to other locations to reduce the demand for parking at Saint Paul Campus.
It is estimated that the ramp will open early summer of 2015. More information will be communicated as it becomes available.
Interim Parking and Construction Websites and Webcam
Faculty and staff are able to view the parking ramp and student center construction sites live via webcam. Follow this link, and click on either “Parking Ramp” or Student Center” in the right-hand column.
For the latest in Interim Parking information, find the link “Interim Parking–Saint Paul Campus” on the university home page, or click this link.
Remote Parking System
To-date, the shuttle and remote parking system are functioning well. The shuttle’s hours of operation are extended with the start of fall semester to accommodate students in evening classes. Also, to reduce pressure on university parking capacity during construction, 59 fall semester classes are relocated to Saint Paul College.
Progress on Science Education Center, Traffic-calming Measures
Site preparation work for the science education center begins next month. In anticipation of construction activity, the university has been actively consulting with community representatives and neighbors. In partnership with the city of Saint Paul, traffic-calming measures have been implemented on Maria Avenue between East Sixth Street and East Seventh Street. The parking ramp and traffic-calming measures will be completed simultaneously.