Section of UMD’s Farm Drive to close for new dorm construction

Fences have been put up as construction for two new dorms and a dining hall begins on North Campus. (Gabby Baniqued/The Diamondback)

A section of Farm Drive on the University of Maryland’s campus between parking lot Q and the Ellicott Hall access road closed permanently Tuesday as part of the construction of two new dorms and a dining hall.

As part of the road reconfiguration, two new roads will open Tuesday — one that loops around the Cambridge Community and another around the Ellicott Community, university planning and construction director Bill Olen wrote in an email.

The $97 million dorm project is expected to be complete in summer 2021, and the dining hall will be completed after the dorms. The construction has already caused the closure of the Varsity Practice Fields, which will be replaced by the dining hall and one of the dorms.

The dorm project is part of the Residence Hall Association’s 15-year housing project to modernize the on-campus buildings. The two new halls will contain 902 beds total, and students in University Honors — the Honors College’s largest Living-Learning Program — will be among those living in the new dorms, university Resident Life spokesperson Tracy Kiras said.

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