East Haggard Avenue will be closed on election night at 9 p.m. to Nov. 5 at 7 a.m. for a public art project happening on the road on Nov. 4, according to an email from Vice President for Student Life Jon Dooley. Phoenix Drive will also be closed from 6 p.m. Nov. 3 to midnight on Nov. 4.
According to the town of Elon Town Manager Richard Roedner, the university submitted two proposals last week, one for the closure of East Haggard Avenue during Halloween and one for the closure for the election. While the closure for Halloween was approved, Roedner said the town of Elon did not approve the original closure for the election. The university then applied again for a road closure with a special events request, similar to the road closure for Homecoming weekend. This request was approved on Nov. 2.
The event is the Hopes for the Future: Public Art Project. Sponsored by the division of student life, the project will allow students to share their thoughts and feelings on boards on East Haggard Avenue between Young Commons and Scott Plaza. The project is inspired by the artist Candy Chang.
East Haggard Avenue was the site of the Sept. 19 caravan that drove through campus in support of President Donald Trump. Dooley recommended in his email that students sign up for the E-Alert Notification System to be notified of any disruptions on campus.
Dooley said that there will be increased town and university police officers on duty this week and that students should call 911 or campus police if there’s any threats.
Kyra O’Connor contributed to the reporting of this story