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University Facilities provides update on Perimeter Road projects


Those traveling down Perimeter Road this semester have noticed the extensive work from University Facilities and its partners to improve access through main campus. The Facilities team has provided an update on two projects on and around the thoroughfare.

Perimeter and Williamson Road improvements

One current phase of work focuses on widening the Perimeter Road and realign Williamson Road, part of a larger project to make Perimeter Road a safer gateway to campus.

A diagram showing the current work on Perimeter Road.
A diagram showing the current work on Perimeter Road.

The project’s current phase includes the following:

  • Adding a left turn arrow on Perimeter Road to improve access to Williamson Road during construction.
  • Reducing eastbound Perimeter Road to a single lane between Williamson Road and Old Stadium Road temporarily. These temporary closures will take place Monday through Friday during business hours and exclude times during special events.
  • Landscaping and construction work along the edges of the roadway, including in front of the Administrative Services Building.
A rendering of the completed widened Perimeter Road (left-right) and realigned Williamson Road
A rendering of the completed widened Perimeter Road (left-right) and realigned Williamson Road. The Administrative Services Building (ASB) will be on the immediate left.

The project is expected to be completed in August 2023 and Facilities will update its progress on the University Facilities Construction Map.

South Campus Stormwater and Landscape Improvements

A drawing of the completed South Campus Stormwater pond, pedestrian path and landscaping.

Perimeter Road also borders another work in progress, the South Campus Stormwater & Landscape Improvements project. The project will feature a stormwater retention pond and will include a pedestrian path, enhanced landscaping and more than 170 new trees of a variety of species planted on the site.

Highlights include:

  • Enhanced landscaping (new ground cover and tree plantings of various species).
  • The removal of 78 trees and the planting of 171 new trees within the project limits.
  • Upon completion, the Perimeter Road multi-use bike and pedestrian lanes will connect East Campus and the Highway 76, R-6 parking lot with the Green Crescent Trail at Gateway Park. Construction is currently under way by the City of Clemson to install multi-use bike and pedestrian trail that connects Gateway and Clemson parks, extending to existing trail along Berkeley Drive.
  • Increased stormwater retention capacity and water quality measures for upstream developments.
  • A pedestrian path around the stormwater feature.
  • An enhanced learning space based on input from students and faculty from the Landscape Architecture program.

Work began on the improvements in December and is expected to last until November 2023. More information is available on the project site.