Blasting Begins at Fontaine Research Park on May 28

May 21, 2024 by

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Blasting begins at Fontaine Research Park May 28 and is expected to run through July 31. Rock removal is required to build both the Institute of Biotechnology and Fontaine Parking Garage. Blasting is the least impactful option for removing the rock. Blasts will occur Monday through Friday, at noon and at 3:30 p.m., and will sound like a series of firecrackers firing in sequence. It will only last a few seconds. Pedestrian and vehicular traffic around the area will be stopped for the duration of each blasting period, which is expected to be approximately 10 minutes. Details.

There have been several important updates to the parking situation at Fontaine Research Park, including extended hours and an on-call number for the Health System shuttle, extended hours for the University Transit Service bus, and the addition of six golf carts. Two food trucks will be located on site. Updated information is listed below.

  • Timelines | These projects extend through 2027. Details.
  • Parking | Parking options for team members, patients, and research participants will change every few months during these projects. Be sure to stay apprised of these changes. Remote staff who have parking questions, should read the FAQ.
  • Bus Service | Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.-8 p.m. | The University Transit Service’s Purple Line bus will run from the John Paul Jones Arena Garage to Fontaine research park. Details. After-hours shuttle service is available 8 p.m.-5 a.m., Monday through Friday. Please use the TransLoc app to request an on-demand ride.
  • Health System Transit Shuttle Service | Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m. | The Health System Transit Fontaine Research Park shuttle operates on a continuous 15-minute route  service from University Hospital to Fontaine Research Park. Details. After-hours pick-up service is available 6-10 p.m., Monday-Friday, by calling 434.982.1600.
  • Golf Carts | 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Six RMC-staffed golf carts will assist visitors and team members with transportation at Fontaine Research Park. The carts are continuously moving throughout the park to pick up passengers. If you need assistance, wave them down.
  • Food Trucks | Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. -2:30 p.m. | 560 Ray C. Hunt Drive | Two food trucks — Dumplings and Sombreros — are stationed at Fontaine Research Park. Credit and debit cards accepted.

For more information on Fontaine Construction Projects, visit the website, watch a replay of the recent town hall, read the monthly newsletter, or review the Frequently Asked Questions. Questions? Email

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