Winter Road Closings

Under the Seasonal Closure Plan for roads and parking lots, several areas will be closed for the entire winter season while other areas will be cleared within a few days of the end of a winter storm. The plan may save the laboratory up to $150,000 per season and should make clearing main routes faster and more efficient.


All three access gates and the associated roads will remain open during winter storms.


Areas that will remain closed the entire season are as follows:



  • The parallelogram parking lot near Old Bluff Road north of Buildings 360 and 362,

  • The gravel drive west of Building 205,

  • The north parking lot west of Building 206,

  • The parking lot north of Building 350, and

  • The partial parking lots north of Buildings 208 and 223.

Other areas will be closed temporarily during any winter storm. These areas will be cleared within a few days of the storm but will not be salted. Such roads and parking lots will remain closed until the precipitation clears, the surfaces dry naturally, and they are deemed they are safe to use.


The affected roads are Kearney, Water Tower, Tech, and Central.


The parking lots include the paved areas east of Building 46 and the paved area southwest of Building 375. 


Because security, emergency, or utility vehicles will be allowed to bypass the barricades as necessary, tire tracks do not mean that a road or parking lot is open and accessible. Driving around barricades is a serious safety violation and may result in a Traffic Safety Violation ticket and/or disciplinary action. Barricades will be removed when the roads and parking lots have been cleared and are open for traffic.