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First portion of new Duke Medicine Circle opens Dec. 5
As part of preparations for the opening of the new Cancer Center facility in February and to allow the completion of landscaping and gardens, a portion of the new Duke Medicine Circle will open to vehicular traffic on Dec. 5.
New temporary signs will guide visitors and patients around the new Duke Medicine Circle to the Morris Building and Duke Clinic entrances, while clearly marked construction barriers will keep them safely away from the construction zones surrounding the Cancer Center and Duke Medicine Pavilion (DMP).
Since the DMP and Cancer Center are still active constructions zones, only one lane of an ultimate multi-lane circle will be open and all pedestrian traffic will continue to be routed away from the construction areas.
The Duke Medicine Circle is larger than the original Duke Clinic Circle and the bypass lanes will not be open; so visitors and patients will have a slightly longer path than they experienced on their last visit as they get an up close view of the future of Duke Medicine.
By routing traffic onto a portion of the new circle now, work can begin on installing the landscaping, benches, walk paths, Duke stone walls and the reconstruction of the Cancer Healing Garden, that will transform the interior of Duke Medicine Circle into a warm and inviting experience.
Additional lanes and features of Duke Medicine Circle will open in February when patients begin using the Cancer Center, with total completion scheduled for when the DMP opens in 2013.
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Date: Dec. 1, 2011