SMU: Home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Information for Neighbors

Last updated: April 17, 2013, 10:30 a.m.

Dear neighbor: 

Construction of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on the SMU campus is nearly complete. The Center will be dedicated with a series of events throughout the week of April 22 planned by the Bush Foundation for invited guests. Attendance will include the current and former U.S. presidents, along with officials who served in the Bush Administration, other dignitaries and Bush Center partners. On April 25 at 9:00 a.m. the primary dedication event will be viewable online at www.bushcenter.org, as well as on Channel 19, Park Cities Cable. The Bush Library and Museum will open to the public on May 1.

Although April 25 will bring an influx of special visitors to campus, the University will remain open so that the core function of teaching will continue uninterrupted. To accommodate student and faculty attendance, along with the special circumstances of that week, we have developed alternative transportation and parking plans.

We are working to minimize parking in your neighborhood or in lots reserved for your businesses by providing students, faculty and staff with off-site parking and shuttles to campus and by encouraging car-pooling and use of mass transit. In addition, we are reminding our University community about on-street parking restrictions that exist on residential roads near campus. We are working closely with University Park, Highland Park and Dallas on managing traffic issues and providing updated information.

Traffic Information Map

Traffic Information Map

4/25:View a traffic information map (PDF).

From April 24 through April 26, we discourage vehicular and pedestrian traffic coming into campus from Hillcrest or other entrances, except for students, faculty and staff assigned to campus parking lots or garages. Much of the campus will be closed for reasons of security and needed access by guests invited to dedication activities. Please know that we appreciate your patience and cooperation in particular during this busy dedication week.

The following information and this downloadable PDF map indicate road closures. This information is subject to change, and updates will be posted online at www.smu.edu/bushdedication. Except where noted, closures are for the entirety of the days listed:

  • The southbound access road of Central Expressway, between University Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane, will be closed on Thursday, April 25.
  • University Boulevard will be closed between Hillcrest Avenue and Airline Road from 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 to 11:00 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
  • SMU Boulevard will be reduced to one lane between Airline Road and Central Expressway for two-way traffic on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23.
  • SMU Boulevard will be closed between Airline Road and Central Expressway on Wednesday, April 24, through Friday, April 26.
  • Boedeker Street will be closed between Dyer Street and SMU Boulevard on Thursday, April 25.
  • Airline Road will be closed between Dyer Street and Binkley Avenue on Thursday, April 25.
  • Bush Avenue, formerly Airline/Dublin, will be closed Thursday, April 25.
  • Bishop Boulevard on the SMU campus will be closed April 24 through April 26.
  • For businesses and residences located east of Central Expressway, traffic flow Wednesday through Friday, April 24 through April 26, will be affected by the addition of extra shuttle buses transporting riders from Mockingbird Station to campus. In addition, access to buildings in this area will be easier if approached from Greenville Avenue, avoiding Central Expressway.

Road closures, of course, will cause traffic on nearby streets to be heavier and to move more slowly, especially during the morning hours.

There also will be an impact resulting from event logistics, especially for residents just north of SMU Boulevard:

  • Beginning April 19, there will be some noise associated with set-up of the dedication stage. Protective screens will be erected to help mitigate this situation.
  • On Wednesday, April 24, and Thursday, April 25, there will be overnight lighting on SMU Boulevard near the Bush Center as crews erect and then remove staging, and security checks are conducted.
  • On the evening of April 25, SMU and the Bush Center are co-hosting an outdoor private event for SMU students, faculty and staff along SMU Boulevard. Between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., there will be musical presentations and announcements, culminating in the lighting of Freedom Hall atop the Bush Center and a seven-minute fireworks display.

Our goal is to serve as gracious hosts to the guests attending the Bush Center dedication while being considerate of you, our neighbors. We know that there will be some inconveniences involved to accommodate the special circumstances of dedication week, and we thank you in advance for your patience.

The opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Center represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enhance the educational resources available to our campus and communities. As a global resource for research and programs, the Center will help us underscore our shared commitment to excellence in education, from the elementary to the collegiate level. Our flexibility and graciousness will send a strong message about our values as a welcoming campus and community.

We have developed a special website, www.smu.edu/bushdedication, to give the campus community, area residents and business owners the latest updates on road closures, alternative means of transportation and parking plans. Those who have specific questions on parking and traffic should call 214-768-7275 or email parking@smu.edu. For other questions, please call 214-SMU-BUSH (768-2874) or email bushdedication@smu.edu.

To help show our appreciation, we hope you will join us for our second annual Family Day at SMU on Saturday, April 20. From 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., there will be spring football practice open to the public with the SMU Mustangs and Coach June Jones. This will be followed by an NFL Punt, Pass and Kick activity for children until noon. From 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., the Meadows Museum will welcome families to its galleries and offer special activities. For more information and to register, visit www.smu.edu/familyday.

These are indeed exciting times on the Hilltop and in our neighboring communities. Thank you very much for your support, patience and cooperation during these special days for us all.

SMU Community Outreach
Office of Public Affairs