Upper Pine Tree Lot to close in May

Temporary relocation of LifeFlight landing pad for summer months

By Mark L. Shelton

UMass Medical School Communications

April 10, 2017
  UMass Medical School Worcester campus

In May, the upper portion of the Pine Tree Lot will be closed to parking.

Beginning in May, there will be temporary parking and traffic changes on the Worcester campus to accommodate repairs and improvements to the UMass Memorial Medical Center LifeFlight helicopter pad. A temporary helipad will be constructed in the upper Pine Tree Lot for LifeFlight to use during the months of June and July. During that time, the concrete of the existing helipads will be fully replaced and updated with ice-melting capabilities. The work is timed to coincide with lower summer demands on parking for employees, patients and visitors.

In May, the upper portion of the Pine Tree Lot will be closed to parking. Fencing will be installed and a temporary exit for ambulances only will be created from the lot onto Plantation Street. The lower Pine Tree Lot will not be impacted. There will continue to be adequate on-campus parking for faculty, staff, students and visitors. The Parking Office will monitor the parking census during this construction activity and, if necessary, overflow parking in the Plantation Street Garage will be made available.

During the summer months, LifeFlight will take off and land from the upper Pine Tree Lot and UMass Memorial EMS will transport patients to and from the emergency department via ambulance, utilizing the temporary dedicated curb-cut on Plantation Street.

The work is expected to be complete by August 1. The schedule calls for the upper Pine Tree Lot to be restored to its current capacity by mid-August. 

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