Oval Fencing Change to Allow Additional Pedestrian Access 

Ohio State Energy Partners (OSEP), ENGIE Services and The Ohio State University began work in April to repair or replace 3,000 feet of aging utilities underneath The Oval. Multiple phases of fencing are required on The Oval to support safety. In anticipation of autumn semester, additional pedestrian access was opened on Friday, August 10. A portion of fencing was removed to allow pedestrians to utilize the long walk to travel east and west through the center of The Oval. The project is expected to continue into November. Once complete, reduced fencing will be required to support landscape restoration.

In addition, separate construction at nearby Jennings Hall has shifted pedestrian traffic to the east side of Neil Avenue between John Herrick Drive and 11th Avenue, as the west side will be closed.

Please exercise caution when traveling near construction zones and follow the instructions of traffic and safety officers.

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Plan Ahead with Pedestrian Safety Maps

The university continues to grow with important construction projects taking place in the core of campus that align with the university’s framework plan. Areas around Neil Avenue, Herrick Drive and High Street are currently impacted. Please plan ahead and allow extra time while walking, biking or driving to class or work. The safety of students, faculty and staff is our top priority so please take a moment to view pedestrian maps and CABS routes to help navigate campus this fall.

Pedestrian Maps

CABS Routes & Services Times

OSUPD Participating in Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Enforcement Campaign

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors is our number-one priority. The Ohio State University Division of Police (OSUPD) has joined thousands of other highway safety partners throughout the nation to participate in The National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that runs from August 18 through September 3. During this time, OSUPD will have a visible presence on campus to crack down on drunk driving in an effort to enhance safety on our roads.

Visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website for more information: http://www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober/