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New Security Measures Will Help Control Access to Main Campus’s Service Drive

Driving and Parking on Service Drive under Buildings Will Be Restricted to Maintenance, Emergency, and Essential Business Purposes Starting March 5


Public Safety’s Security Services team is working with Facilities to enhance access control for the service drive gates at the MH, BB, and AET building entrances on Main Campus. Facilities and Security Services installed new gates, cameras, and radio-frequency identification (RFID) readers at these entrances. The entrance to the service drive at the Arts Building (ART) will be closed to drivers, bikers and pedestrians until the SEB Building is near completion, likely in 2020.

UTSA Police Department will approve vehicles that enter the service drive and enforce violations. They will enforce the standard 30-minute parking restrictions. This effort is aimed at improving the overall safety of the campus community as well as ensuring that emergency vehicles can pass through the drive. 

The buildings primarily impacted by this change include: MH, MS, BB, JPL, FLN, ART, EB, BSB, BSE, and AET. The loading docks under the Arts Building will be accessible by entering through the secured gate at the MH, AET, or BB buildings.

UTSA PD will determine which campus vehicles will be authorized to use the service drive for official UTSA business. Certain maintenance and delivery vehicles will also be permitted. A call button is available at the gates, where drivers can request permission from the police to enter. The police dispatcher will view all arrivals via a monitor in the police station, ask the drivers several questions, verify the drivers’ need to enter the service drive, and log their presence. The questions may include driver name, company name, driver’s license number, vehicle make/model/color, license plate number, location of delivery/access and the reason for entry.

Facilities has posted signs to inform drivers that authorized vehicles only will be permitted passage to the service drive. Testing of the gates and full security system will be conducted by mid-February. They are expected to be operating beginning March 5. The remote control devices used in the past will no longer activate the gate arms.

When appropriate, deliveries should be made through the Central Receiving Warehouse. Please communicate these changes to all employees and to vendors who deliver to campus and may be impacted by this security measure.

Contact UTSA Security Services at 210.458.6855 or  

Share this news by printing this memo for your office. Print and provide this flyer for drivers, contractors, others who have used the service drive in the past.





Updated 2-6-2018