Road Closures Around W&J Planned for Nov. 16

Created: November 14, 2016
Last Updated: July 17, 2020

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UPDATE - Nov. 17, 2016

Fundraiser: The W&J Athletics Department and Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are raising money to benefit the family of fallen Canonsburg police officer Scott Bashioum. Donations are tentatively scheduled to be accepted through November, but the date may change.

Counseling: Counseling services are available for those who need it. Please contact The Student Health and Counseling Services Center.

Information: Information about Officer Bashioum's funeral service, held adjacent to campus at the Church of the Covenant on Nov. 16, can be found in the Washington Observer-Reporter article, Fallen Canonsburg officer Scott Bashioum honored at funeral.

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*W&J faculty, staff, and students should check their email for additional, more detailed information.

UPDATE: (Nov. 16, 2016) - Thank you for your patience during today’s funeral service for fallen Canonsburg Police Officer Scott L. Bashioum, held adjacent to the W&J campus at the Church of the Covenant. We were heartened by the display of support and respect as our community came together to support Officer Bashioum’s family and those who attended the service. According to the Observer-Reporter, about 800 police officers from across the country visited the Washington community to pay their respects to Officer Bashioum.

The City of Washington has advised that the gates to the public parking garage at 50 North Franklin Street will close at 6:30 p.m. this evening (Nov. 16). If your car is currently parked in this garage, please move it by that time. A shuttle will be in Rossin Campus Center circle at 5 p.m. for those who need a ride to the parking garage. Those who need a ride after 5 p.m. can call Campus & Public Safety at 724-223-6032.

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WASHINGTON, PA (Nov. 15, 2016) - A funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Church of the Covenant on East Beau Street in Washington, near the W&J campus, for fallen Canonsburg Police Officer Scott L. Bashioum. Officer Bashioum fell in the line of duty while protecting and serving his community on Nov. 10. For more details, see Officer Bashioum's obituary in the Observer-Reporter.

Police from across the country will be attending the service in solidarity with local law enforcement. We are working with the City of Washington, Freedom Transit, and Pennsylvania State Police to accommodate potentially thousands of visitors to our community and address their needs following this tragic and unexpected event.

Classes and campus operations, including food service at The Commons and George & Tom's, will continue as normal, as we feel that continuing classes is a way to honor Officer Bashioum, who gave his life to protect our community and its ability to function normally. Class cancelations will be determined by professors, who will notify their classes. Professors are encouraged to exercise lenience with student who want to attend the procession or service.

Counseling services are available for those who need it. Please contact The Student Health and Counseling Services Center.

The majority of streets and parking lots surrounding the W&J campus will be inaccessible to both the public and members of the W&J campus community from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m.

W&J Commuters, Faculty, and Staff: Parking is available in the Public Parking Garage at Millcraft Center and North Franklin (50 North Franklin Street). Please park on the third and fourth levels of the garage, if possible. Parking is free in this garage on Nov. 16. The garage gates will be open and no ticket is required. Elevators and handicap parking spaces are available in the garage. W&J employees are encouraged to walk to campus; however, a shuttle will also be provided to and from the garage to the W&J Taylor Lot during the day.

W&J students: You do not need to move cars from student lots; however, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. you may not be able to move your cars from the lots at all due to road closures in the area.

  • Students who Park in Taylor Lot: As you are assigned to Taylor Lot, you will still be able to exit at the Maiden Street exit and will not need to move your car to leave campus.
  • Students who Park in All Other Lots: If you must use your car on Wednesday, Nov. 16, you will need to move it off campus ahead of time.The city is opening up the public parking garage (near the Millcraft building) at 50 North Franklin Street for students to park their cars from 7:00 to 8:00 pm tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 15). A shuttle will be provided during this time to take students who park there back to campus. Additionally, a shuttle will be available throughout the day on Wednesday to take people to and from their cars. It will pick-up and drop off at Taylor lot.
  • Commuter students: Please also park in this public parking garage (near the Millcraft building) at 50 North Franklin Street on Wednesday. A shuttle will be provided throughout the day to take students who park there to and from campus.

The following street closures will be in effect on Nov. 16 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m.:

  • East Chestnut St from North Main to North Ave
  • East Beau St from  Main St  to North Ave
  • East Cherry Ave from Main to College St
  • East Wheeling St from South Main to East Lane
  • East Strawberry Ave from South Main to College st
  • Shaffer Ave from East Maiden St to Pine
  • South College St from East Maiden to Spruce
  • South Lincoln St from East Maiden to East Chestnut
  • Grant St from East Ave to South Lincoln
  • East Wheeling St from East Ave to South Lincoln

Additional information about road closures is available in the Observer-Reporter article Washington streets to close Wednesday for Bashioum funeral procession.

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