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March 29, 2002
Contacts: Office of Administrative Services - 208/792-2240; Physical
Plant - 208/792-2247
New parking lots
could see pavement next week
LEWISTON - The shake, rattle and
roll of heavy equipment will soon be a thing of the past, as work on LCSC's
new parking lots settles into the final stages. Contractors expect to pave
next week, if the weather permits.
Nearby residents and LCSC employees have listened to and felt the work going
on as three different sites were prepared for new roles as parking lots.
Work began last summer and has included demolition or moving of several
homes, removal of old utilities and much leveling and preparation for
The work of a heavy roller used in compacting the surface materials has been
felt by nearby residents and employees. The machine caused vibrations that
rattled cups, windows and pictures on walls.
Changes required by the city of Lewiston and uncooperative weather have
resulted in the project's longer-than-expected duration. Physical Plant
Director Scott Brown said he hopes to see paving and landscaping activities
in full swing next week.
Curbs, lights and irrigation lines have already been installed and the
landscaper hopes to be placing plants next week. Some are a variety
transplanted only at certain times of the year and again, the weather has
been less than cooperative.
The parking lots were part of the package associated with LCSC's new
multi-purpose activity center. Last spring Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne
signed an appropriations bill authorizing funding for the project. Then, in
January, he froze funding for all work on the center beyond completion of
the parking lot construction already in progress.
College officials remain
optimistic about reinstatement of funding for the center. It remains one of
the first projects listed to resume when the state revenue picture improves.
The entire project is estimated to be worth $16.4 million and would replace
existing outdated, undersized facilities on campus. The college undertook an
ambitious campaign to raise $3.5 million toward the project in 1997. LCSC
students pledged $2 million toward the project, to be assessed through fees
over the next 25 years. The college, through alumni, individuals, corporate
and community contributors, has raised $ 1.450 million to date.