Center for Rehabilitation Education
Beginning on September 16, the University will begin demolition of Leahy Hall in preparation for a new $47.5 million center for rehabilitation education on the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Linden Street. The new building is expected to be completed for the fall of 2015.
In partnership with the demolition contractor, construction manager, City and state officials, the University has developed the following plan to ensure pedestrian safety during demolition and construction.
Pedestrian traffic:Demolition and Initial Site Preparation (September 16 through late fall)
- The sidewalk in front of Leahy Hall on the north side of Jefferson Avenue from Linden Street to near McGurrin Hall will be closed. Pedestrian access is strictly prohibited.
- Pedestrians will access McGurrin Hall by way of a new crosswalk that is being created mid-block in front of the building entrance. A flagger will cross pedestrians M-Th from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Signage will direct students, faculty and staff walking to McGurrin Hall from the upper campus to take Madison Avenue to Jefferson Avenue.
- Signage will direct those walking to McGurrin Hall from Hyland Hall to cross to the southside of Jefferson Avenue at O’Hara Hall, cross Linden Street and proceed to the mid-block crossing at the entrance to McGurrin Hall.
- The Leahy Hall sidewalk on Linden Street will be closed for the duration of the project.
- Those walking to the Adlin Building or to downtown Scranton on Linden Street must cross Jefferson Avenue on the O’Hara Hall side of Linden Street.
- Following site preparation, a covered pedestrian walkway will be constructed on the north side of Jefferson Avenue from Linden Street to McGurrin Hall, restoring pedestrian traffic across Jefferson Avenue to normal.
- The far right lane of Jefferson Avenue adjacent to Leahy Hall will be closed and some delays may be possible during the demolition and initial site preparation. Occasional delays are possible on Jefferson Avenue throughout construction.
- Warning signage along Jefferson Avenue and especially at the Spruce Street intersection will caution drivers to be alert for the pedestrian crossing at McGurrin Hall.
- Employees and students traveling to Jefferson Avenue from University parking lots are urged to use the intersection at Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue and to avoid the Linden Street and Jefferson Avenue intersection to reduce traffic volume.
- Kressler Court immediately behind Leahy Hall will be closed to vehicular traffic. The City has approved two-way traffic on Kressler Court from McGurrin Hall to Spruce Street to allow access for construction vehicles, businesses and the Leahy Clinic.
- Traffic patterns on Linden Street from Kressler Court to Jefferson Avenue will be adjusted throughout the project as the parking lane immediately adjacent to Leahy Hall will be used as a delivery and staging area for construction.
- The University has purchased the use of street parking along the south side of Linden Street from Kressler Court to Jefferson Avenue to preserve traffic flow on Linden Street.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.