Updated: Lake, Pitkin routes impacted

Updated 12:15 p.m. July 24 Traffic flaggers will be on Pitkin Street from Meridian Avenue east to the Visual Arts Building starting Monday, July 27 through August 7 to accommodate utility work. Both east and west traffic will be allowed to pass, but expect delays. Original post (July 17) On Monday, July 20, sidewalks on Lake and Pitkin streets around the construction fence for the stadium site will be shifted into the construction fence zone. On Lake Street, the construction fence will come out onto the street, and a protected walkway on Lake Street will be created to allow safe movement for pedestrians and bike riders. On Lake Street adjacent to the Aggie Village site, the construction fence also will be expanded over the sidewalks. Two lanes for campus traffic will remain. These shifts will remove street parking along this section of Lake Street on the north side of the street between Whitcomb Street and the arboretum, and on both sides of Lake between Whitcomb and Center. Parking along this section of Lake Street has not required a university permit. Utility work also will be performed on Pitkin Street near the Visual Arts building.  

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Updated: Parking lots briefly close for maintenance

Updated: Westfall parking lots #110 and #115 - closed July 23-August 14 Original post (July 17) Several parking lots will be temporary closed before the end of July for maintenance. Ingersoll lot #215 – closed July 20-22 Top floor of Lake Street Garage – closed July 20-August 3 Christiansen Field lot #440 – closed July 22-24 Spruce and Alder lots #330 and #332 –closed July 23-25 Westfall lot also will close before the end of July for reconfiguration. More information will be available on SOURCE soon.

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Updated: Traffic flaggers on Lake Street through August 20

Updated August 14 Both lanes of Lake Street will be open to east/west traffic on Thursday, August 20   Original post (July 17) Lake Street traffic will be delayed for utility work from Wednesday, July 22-Friday, July 31. Traffic will be reduced to one lane between East Drive east to the railroad tracks, with flaggers on site from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Expect delays, and consider using alternate routes. Two lanes offering traffic flow east and west will be open during the evenings, from 7 p.m.-7 a.m.

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South Drive one-way to be reversed

South Drive reopened today, July 31, as a one-way to the west. This rerouting will provide an additional avenue to Shields Street from the west side of campus. Original post (July 17) South Drive will be reversed from a one-way east to a one-way west to ease traffic congestion on campus. The road and parking along the road will be closed from July 23-30 to reconfigure the street and 236 parking spaces. Access to Hartshorn and other buildings along the drive will be maintained via detour routes posted with signs. South Drive will reopen as a one-way west on July 31.  

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In memory: Katharine Elizabeth Compton

Katharine Elizabeth Compton jumped from our world, unexpectedly, on July 6th at the age of 24. A few years ago at Camp Mystic, we watched Katharine and her co-captain lead a quadrille team of eight riders and horses through the intricate woven patterns they had choreographed and set to music. The drill performance was a remarkable display of strength, control and daring, all characteristics that best describe Katharine's life.

Born and raised in Houston, Katharine graduated from Memorial High School. She was a four-year letterman on the golf team and was awarded the Mustang Heart Award by her peers and faculty for her compassion. She ventured to Furman University in South Carolina for her undergraduate studies, where she was a proud member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority. As a senior, she was named the Outstanding Greek Woman of the Year.

After college, she attended the Indiana University Geological Field Camp and then Colorado State University where she earned her master of science in geology. In May, she successfully defended her research and had recently received word that her thesis was approved for publication. Three weeks ago, she moved to Houston and launched her career with Sandia Technologies, LLC. She was primed, ready and excited for the life ahead.Those are the facts. What that information leaves out is who she really was. She was the daughter every parent dreams of, and the sister every brother needs. She lived more in her short life than most. She loved, well, her friends and her family, and that love was reciprocated. She was often the glue that held relationships together. She was funny and silly and, strong. She took pictures of herself jumping everywhere from the golf course to the mountaintop to display her joy of life. She was undaunted as she entered new locales and new situations flying solo. She climbed mountains, she jumped from planes, she traveled to exotic places to work with elephants and conduct research, she was unafraid to dry-camp for a month in Yosemite for her master's thesis research. She enjoyed riding her bicycle to the brewery for an afternoon with friends in the sun, baking cupcakes and collecting rocks. She had just found the love of her life. She was thoughtful and artistic and beautiful. But most of all, she was loved. She leaves behind family and friends whose hearts she touched and forever changed with her own caring and compassionate heart: her parents, Steve and Caroline Compton, her brother, Campbell Compton, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends too many to name. We were blessed with her in our lives. Nothing will ever change that. Happy trails, Katharine. To celebrate Katharine's life, family and friends gathered in the Wisteria Ballroom at The Westin Houston, Memorial City (945 Gessner Road, Houston TX, 77024) on Saturday, July 18, to have an uplifting gathering of Katharine's many friend circles to retell stories, raise toasts with the craft beer she loved so much, and celebrate her life. In lieu of customary remembrances, the family requests that gifts in memory of Katharine be directed to either Boys and Girls Country, 18806 Roberts Road, Hockley, TX, 77447, or the "Katharine Compton Memorial Fund" at Austin County State Bank, PO Box 1466, Bellville, TX, 77418, to establish Geology Field Camp Scholarships for students at Furman University, Colorado State University and the Indiana University Geologic Field Station.

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