What: UTEP President Diana Natalicio and Texas Transportation Commission Chair Ted Houghton will dedicate the Sun Bowl Drive expansion project and the Mandala Sunrise public art sculpture
When: 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29
Where: P-8 parking lot at Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive
The University of Texas at El Paso and the Texas Department of Transportation will celebrate a successful collaboration with the dedication of the $4.8 million Sun Bowl Drive expansion project that included the creation and installation of the Mandala Sunrise sculpture in the roundabout at the intersection of Glory Road and Sun Bowl Drive.
The project widened Sun Bowl with an additional lane in both directions from just south of the Don Haskins Center to just north of the Sun Bowl Parking Garage. The work, which started in September 2013, also included sidewalks, enhanced lighting, and 14-foot wide outer lanes to accommodate bicyclists.
The goal was to provide better mobility and improve safety as student population and traffic demands increased in the area, especially during special events. The majority of the 10-month project was completed in time to benefit the graduates and their families and friends who attended the single Centennial Commencement May 17 at the Sun Bowl Stadium. Other than minor jobs, the project was completed during the summer.
Mandala Sunrise, created by sculptor Koryn Rolstad, was installed in August in the Glory Road-Sun Bowl Drive roundabout. The Washington state-based artist supervised the installation and will attend the event.