Construction on pedestrian tunnel near Campbell starts; road closure begins mid-to-late October

BUIES CREEK, North Carolina – The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun construction on the pedestrian tunnel it is building under U.S. 421/N.C. 27 near Barker-Lane Stadium, though the planned closure for a small portion of the road will start in two to four weeks.

At that time, U.S. 421 between Judge Taylor Road/Leslie Campbell Avenue and Hatcher Street/Harmon Road will be closed for 30 days. Campbell will announce the exact start date as soon as NCDOT notifies the university.

Once the road closure begins in mid-to-late October, motorists and bypass travelers will be redirected to a seven-mile detour using Johnson Farm Road to Sherriff Johnson Road to Old Stage Road to N.C. 27 back to U.S. 421.

Campbell students, faculty, staff and visitors coming from Lillington or Dunn via 421 will be able to travel to main campus by taking Leslie Campbell Avenue or Judge Taylor Road and Harmon Road/Hatcher Street and Marshbanks Street.

The map below shows how Campbell students, faculty, staff and visitors can access main campus and Barker-Lake Stadium.

Expected to open in July 2016, the tunnel will make it safer and easier for pedestrians to navigate the south side of main campus, including the football stadium. The project will include paving, drainage, retaining walls and an underground culvert.