Events and construction bring added congestion and detours to campus

Events in arena district on Tuesday night, Pickens Street construction starts Wednesday

Two major events near the Colonial Life Arena on Tuesday (Jan. 23) will bring more traffic to the area during the afternoon and evening and will affect people who park in those lots, while a road closure starting on Wednesday (Jan. 24) will affect campus traffic for a week.

On Tuesday, the Gamecock men’s basketball team hosts Kentucky at the arena, while the Koger Center for the Arts opens its latest Broadway in Columbia show My Fair Lady. Both events are scheduled for a 7 p.m. start.

Faculty, staff and students who park near the arena for evening classes can get special permission to park there free on Tuesday by taking a valid USC parking permit, a printed class schedule and a picture ID to the Parking Services office at the Pendleton Street Garage (1501 Pendleton St.).

For those coming to the events, parking will be $10 in the surface lots and Discovery Garage.

Also, the southern portion of campus will experience traffic disruptions for one week starting on Wednesday (Jan. 24) as Pickens Street will be closed from Wheat to Whaley streets.

Commuters and other campus traffic will need to take alternate routes to get to their destination.

The City of Columbia Wastewater Department will be performing work on that stretch of road during the closure.