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Parts of 15th closed for Wedgewood construction

The block of 15th Avenue South closest to Wedgewood Avenue will be closed Friday and Saturday as part of construction of the Wedgewood Academic Building.

Parts of the road will close Friday morning and reopen the following Sunday so the final parts of a tower crane can be loaded onto the construction site and assembled afterwards.

Drivers have been encouraged by the university to use 12th and 14th avenues as detours, and all parking garages will still be accessible, said Jason Rogers, the vice president for administration and university counsel.

“We do not anticipate this short-term closure will cause any unduly burdensome traffic congestion,” Rogers said in a statement.

The Wedgewood Center is slated to open in the summer of 2014.

While parts of 15th Avenue will be closed most of this weekend, Belmont students and the surrounding community aren’t having to deal with one of the most constant characteristics of the school’s construction boom – blasting.

The required blasting for Wedgewood ended on Aug. 10, more than a month ahead of schedule. For the first time in at least four years where students will avoid the rattles of shakes of blasting for an entire fall semester.

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