UTEP Construction Adds Obstacles to the Beginning of the Semester

POSTED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 4:34pm

UPDATED: Monday, August 22, 2011 - 4:47pm

EL PASO- It's the first day back at school for many El Paso students including the college crowd at UTEP. Their first big hurdle this semester is making it past the construction zone just to reach their classes.

Many juniors and seniors admit they have it a little easier than the freshman because they at least know their way around campus, but even students most familiar with the university couldn't control the detours.

UTEP is currently in the middle of constructing a $200 million project, and even the first day of school is not enough to slow them down.

Those being slowed down however, are the students attempting to get to class.

"A lot of people came to class late too. At least 30 or 40 minutes late because of traffic,” said freshman Christina Christian.

"It was horrible. I was stuck there in the heat and was an hour late to school,” said senior Olivia Silvas.

Although there are detours in place to help everybody get to class on time, not every student is convinced on their effectiveness.

"Those are horrible detours. I mean, it’s just backing up traffic, especially from Schuster getting off the on ramp at I-10 directly to the campus. It just doesn't seem to be working,” said senior Shane Hamm.

Once students finally arrive to school, they then have to then explain their tardiness to their professors.

"Unfortunately, I don't think professors are as understand as they need to be. They see it as something you should have planned for,” said Hamm.

UTEP said Monday that all construction projects are on schedule, with some projects even ahead of schedule. They school said that by spring, things will be a lot less chaotic.

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