By Marques Mingo
Bobcat Trail Mall
Fences and detour signs have gone up around the Texas State campus along North LBJ Drive and Edward Gary Street to mark the start of the Bobcat Trail Mall redevelopment.
The goal of this project is to create a more pedestrian friendly feeling to the campus. Construction Manager Aaron Noto said their intent is to work their way up North LBJ from Woods Street.
“June 30 is the target date to have the entire phase open, but it is our intention to have at least North LBJ open prior to that date, and that will help everyone out immensely. It will allow for deliveries and better access for students all through North LBJ,” Noto said. “While phase one of the mall is going on we will now be working in phase two of the utilities, which will be continuing all the work on Bobcat Trail, and tying in all the work that we will begin on Edward Gary Street.”
Noto said Texas State students and faculty will benefit from these new improvements to the campus.
“I think it will be a very positive effect on the students,” said Noto. “It will allow for safer walkways, less vehicle traffic in the way and we will improve campus accessibility.”
Once the construction process of Bobcat Trail Mall is complete, people will be able to drive all the way from North Edward Gary Street to a planter in front of Commons Dining Hall. The front of Commons will be pedestrian only.
Phase one of the utilities project is set to be complete by the end of this calendar year and phase one of the mall construction will begin in January. The entire project is scheduled to be finished next December.