Steer clear of S. San Francisco Street to avoid traffic delays

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Campus commuters are encouraged to avoid using San Francisco Street along the northern stretch of campus for the next three months as the next phase of construction on the new parking garage will cause routine extended traffic delays between University Drive and Franklin Avenue.

Beginning Monday, March 12, supply trucks will deliver about 20 oversized pre-cast panels each weekday to the construction site just south of the NAU Bookstore at lot P96B. View a campus map online at

The trucks with trailers are up to 100-feet long and 12-feet wide, requiring traffic to be stopped in both directions along the route on campus for as long as five minutes during each delivery.

Supply trucks will enter campus from Lone Tree to Franklin, where they will turn south onto San Francisco Street and then into the Bookstore parking lot at Mountain View Drive.

Student traffic controllers will be directing traffic along the route.

Deliveries are scheduled for the next 12 weeks during daylight hours, making it likely that commuters using that route will be caught in extended periods of stopped traffic.

“Drivers should avoid using that part of San Francisco Street altogether and find alternate routes, if possible,” said NAU Police Chief GT Fowler.

Pedestrians also may be impacted, as foot traffic will not be permitted along the area between the NAU Bookstore and the Hotel and Restaurant Management building.

Deliveries will be halted during spring commencement exercises on May 11 and 12.