MURRAY — Needed upgrades to the parking lot of the Curris Center on Murray State University’s main campus will leave visitors needing to find new places to park in the coming months. 

Starting Monday, the parking lot will be undergoing reconstruction that will, among other things, create new parking spaces for visitors to the center. Crews plan to remove islands that separate the current rows which will add an additional 30 to 40 parking spaces. The work is expected to minimize the number of accidents that take place in the parking lot. 

Shawn Touney, director of communication at Murray State University, said the closure of the Curris Center parking lot will force the university to relocate aspects of Summer Orientation, which began Thursday. 

“We have relocated Summer O Check-In to the lobby of H.C. Franklin Residence Hall for Sessions 3-8, beginning with this past Thursday's session. Parking for Summer O will therefore be in that residential hall area,” Touney said. “Students, family members and guests will walk across the pedestrian bridge over Chestnut Street to the Curris Center for Summer O activities. ADA accessible buses will be available at check-in to assist those who need help to get to the Curris Center. 

“We have also added an Early Check-In option the evening before each Summer O session from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Sid Easley Alumni Center. Also, campus visits will take place beginning Monday inside the Baptist Campus Ministries Building on Waldrop Drive.” 

Touney said the work is expected to be completed by mid-August, and that the scope of the work would cost the university around $645,000. 

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