July 20, 2012
CSU facilities will close the east half of Oval Drive from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, July 23, for the emergency removal of an American elm tree that has Dutch elm disease.
The west side of Oval Drive will be temporarily converted to a two-way street to help with traffic flow through campus.
During the closure, no parking will be allowed on Oval Drive, and it will be closed from Guggenheim Hall to East Drive. Rembrandt Street from Laurel to Old Main Drive also will be closed, but East Drive will remain open. Oval Drive between West Drive and Danforth Chapel will convert from one way traffic to two way traffic for the day. In addition, due to the city’s’ Mason Street corridor project, Old Main is closed.
The diseased tree and those immediately adjacent to it will be removed as a precaution to prevent the spread of the disease to other trees on the Oval. Dutch Elm Disease is a fungal disease that clogs vascular tissue of trees and quickly kills the entire tree. The fungus can be transmitted tree to tree by an insect or root to root in cases where tree roots of separate trees graft together. Best practices recommend the immediate removal of infected or suspected trees in close proximity, as well as soil trenching around infected or suspected trees to isolate the fungus and, if necessary, girdling and removing other nearby trees.
Pedestrians and drivers are asked to exercise extra caution while on Oval Drive due to the temporary two-way traffic.
Contact: Dell Rae Moellenberg
Phone: (970) 491-6009