The City of Chicago has announced a sewer project to take place on Foster Avenue near Northeastern Illinois University. This project will have numerous effects on traffic flow and parking near the University. The biggest impact will be the complete closure of the NEIU Foster entrance to inbound traffic, effective Monday, August 27. (Note the earlier date of this closure.) All vehicles must enter campus at the Bryn Mawr entrance. Please plan for extra travel time during this project, which is scheduled to continue through mid-October.
Arriving/Leaving Campus by Car
The NEIU Foster entrance is closed to all incoming traffic through mid-October. Westbound car traffic approaching campus on Foster Avenue from the east should divert north on Kedzie to Bryn Mawr and west on Bryn Mawr to the entrance to campus. Eastbound car traffic approaching campus on Foster Avenue from the west should divert north on Pulaski to Bryn Mawr and use the Bryn Mawr entrance to campus.
Effective Thursday, August 30 at 9 a.m., vehicles may exit the NEIU campus from the access road onto Foster in the westbound direction only. The NEIU Foster entrance will be closed to outbound traffic toward the east.
The Bryn Mawr entrance will remain fully open for both inbound and outbound traffic.
Arriving/Leaving Campus by CTA Bus
Westbound Foster 92 buses approaching campus from the east will detour north at Kimball, head west on Bryn Mawr, then south on Pulaski. The closest stop to campus will be Bryn Mawr at Central Park.
Eastbound Foster 92 buses approaching campus from the west will detour north at Pulaski, head east on Bryn Mawr, then south on Kimball. The closest stops to campus will be Bryn Mawr at Central Park.
The Kimball 82 bus routes will not detour.
To accommodate the additional traffic on Bryn Mawr, street parking on much of Bryn Mawr has been eliminated by the City of Chicago through the completion of the project in mid-October. Street parking is not available on the south side of Bryn Mawr between Pulaski and the NEIU access road or on the north side of Bryn Mawr between Pulaski and Central Park. These areas are tow zones, and the City of Chicago is enforcing this parking ban.
The University recognizes that students and employees who choose to park on Bryn Mawr or on other city streets may want an alternative parking option for the duration of this construction project. As a result, temporary Level 2 parking passes have been made available for purchase during the Foster construction project. This is an accommodation for those who have elected to waive parking for the semester and/or do not currently participate in the University parking program.
These temporary parking passes may be purchased at the Parking Office, located on the first floor of the parking structure. Permits have a flat cost of $35 and are valid for the duration of the construction project. Payment may be made with cash or credit card only. Vehicle registration is required.
Please note that this option is intended to provide a short-term parking option and is not intended to replace the ongoing parking program. Parking fees will not be pro-rated for students who opt out of parking during the construction period and choose to enroll after completion of construction.
Students, faculty and staff will continue to have the option of enrolling in the parking program and have access to campus parking throughout the entire semester.
For more information about the Parking Office, visit http://www.neiu.edu/~park/ .
Thank you for your patience
The University recognizes that the work the City of Chicago is doing to improve the city's sewer system will result in delays and inconvenience for the NEIU community and its neighbors. University staff is in regular communication with the City of Chicago, and this communication will continue throughout the construction project. Updates will be provided to the University as additional information is available or as the City's schedule is adjusted.
Please allow extra travel time during this project. For the safety of all members of the University community, the construction workers, and all involved, please be extra cautious traveling in and around the construction zones.
Thank you for your patience during this unavoidable disruption.