The Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) and the city of Temple are currently working on several road projects near Temple College. As a result, there are several road closures and detours near campus. Keep checking this page for construction updates.
5th Street reopens
August 14, 2017
5th Street has been reopened to northbound and southbound traffic at Avenue U. Avenue U north of the Visual Arts Complex remains closed while the road is being rebuilt. Important note: There are now stop signs on 5th Street at Avenue U. Be sure to stop at them!
Parking lot near One College Centre re-opens
August 3, 2017
The parking lot on the north side of One College Centre, which is accessible off First Street, has been re-opened. It was closed for several weeks because large trucks looking for a shortcut to First Street were turning into the lot and getting stuck or causing damage to the property. Posts are now in place to keep large trucks out of the parking lot.
South 1st Street opened to local traffic
While most traffic coming from the north on South 1st Street is being diverted onto Avenue U, it is now possible for people heading to Temple College to continue south as far as the entrance to the Quad Parking Lot. This will make it easier for students and visitors to access the University Courtyard Apartments and the east campus. A U-turn has been cut through the median just south of the entrance to the Quad Parking Lot so faculty, staff and students can turn around and go back north on First Street.
5th Street closed at Avenue U
Avenue U has been closed from 1st Street to 7th Street as part of a city project to build a new connector road from the VA Hospital to Scott & White Medical Center. The 1st Street detour onto Avenue U has been moved up to Avenue R. Drivers who are trying to go north or south on 5th Street near Avenue U are being detoured over to 7th Street for a few blocks.
HOP stop relocates
HOP route 510 has changed its route to provide service to Temple College while South 1st Street is closed for construction.
Route 510 will turn west onto Avenue R, then proceed south on South 5th Street. Passengers for Temple College and the VA can use a new temporary bus stop located near Temple College on South 5th Street just south of the marked crosswalk.
For a map of the temporary route, visit the HOP website at http://www.takethehop.com/PDF/170609detour.pdf
Access to East Campus
To access to the East Campus from the south, drivers will need to take Loop 363 east to a point beyond the construction zone and return on 1st Street northbound, which is still open from the loop to downtown.
Local traffic may continue south on First Street to the East Campus entrance.
As a safety precaution, the college has shut off access to the Quad Parking Lot and the South Parking Lot from First Street. The only way to access the Quad Parking, One College Centre and the South Parking lot is to come through the south end of campus off 5th Street.
No access to Loop 363 from South 1st Street
There is no longer access to Loop 363 from 1st Street southbound. Anyone who wants to access the Loop will need to go north on 1st Street and detour to 5th Street southbound. A U-turn has been put in where South 1st Street is shut off to make it easier for cars to get on 1st Street going north.