Southside Avenue entrance to campus to close, west side entrance opens

NEW PALTZ — The Southside Avenue entrance off Route 208 to the State University of New York at New Paltz campus will close this week and the new west entrance is now open.

The new entrance, which may officially be named “Hawk Drive,” is part of a larger development project on the south end of campus, which includes the new Athletic and Wellness Center scheduled to open this spring and the recently opened Esopus and Lenape residence halls.

John Shupe, assistant vice president for Facilities Management at SUNY New Paltz, said that as the college continues to grow to the south, it has been important to plan for improved access to and from that area of campus.

In addition, Shupe said that by closing the Southside Avenue entrance to campus, it will effectively reduce college-related traffic on Tricor and Elting avenues. Motorists can still access Elting and Tricor avenues from Southside Avenue.

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