Camarillo, Calif., May 1, 2012 – The road to CSU Channel Islands (CI) is about to get even more welcoming – literally.

CI will open the new four-lane University Drive main entrance road with a public dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, May 11, at 9 a.m.

The ceremony caps an 18-month, $21 million road construction project designed to accommodate the eventual growth of the campus to 15,000 full-time equivalent students.  The new ¾-mile entrance road connects Lewis Road with the central part of campus at Santa Barbara Avenue. The two-lane road previously known as “University Drive” will revert to its original name, “Camarillo Street.”  It will primarily serve University Glen residents and businesses, but also will provide campus access.

The new University Drive provides a visually appealing entrance to the campus, incorporating a wide, landscaped median; abundant native plants; sidewalks, a pedestrian bridge, and bike trails; and sweeping views of citrus groves and the Santa Monica Mountains.  The road also serves as a testament to CI’s commitment to sustainability, from its roadway surface of recycled tires to high efficiency lighting to “bioswales” that capture and clean storm water runoff from the paved areas.

“The new University Drive represents CI’s connection to the community, our commitment to the environment and the rich history that surrounds us, and our excitement for future growth,” said CI President Richard Rush.  “We hope the community will join us to celebrate this important milestone in our development.”

Attendees should plan to arrive before 8:15 a.m. to take a shuttle to the ceremony site, as parking will not be available at the ribbon-cutting location.  Follow the signs along Lewis Road and enter the University through the old entrance, Camarillo Street.  Once on campus, follow signs to the free event public parking and shuttle. 

Please RSVP by May 7 to the ribbon cutting by contacting Alissa Larreta, Events Specialist, at 805-437-8916 or

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