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May 15, 2000 - Image 2

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 2000-05-15

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Changes in area,
codes delayed

o re NOWMAN NG/ Daly
Much of the lawn in front of Angel Hall has been fenced in as construction progresses on State Street. The $1.7 million
project is to renovate a section of the underground tunnels that run throughout campus.
Conistruction blocks State Street IF
By Ken Kobayashi tme period all fencing will be taken down and
For the Daily The replacement was necs-,ars due State Street will be temporarily
tosaltand ater mage. S corrodes cleared, allowing two-way traffic
University students and Ann Arbor the tunnel, causing it to rust. These and sidewalks on both sides of the
residents who regularly walk down State conditions mixed with de-icer, other street. After the Art Fair, conIstrue-
Street na notice something different chemicals and constant pressure frotn tion will resume and the latter half'
this spring. In front of the Museum of the weight of automobiles has further of the project, installing a new trin-
Art, construction has recently sprung up rusted the tunnel and eroded it to its nel and reconnecting it to the sys-
on the east lane of State Street. current condition. teim. wxill be finished.
As part of a S1.7 million project, These tunnels are used for utility Af0er the tunnels are reonneeted.
construction workers are renoating a purposes such as heating, water and State Street is expeeted to be smooter.
100-foot section of legendarn under- electricity in all University buildings with the possibility of respening both
ground tunnels that cotteet all of cen- and residence halls on central campus. lanes But the project wil not be fin-
tral campus, six-feet below the surface. Currently, State Street has been shed until September 2, if all goes
The bulk of the work w ill be done reduced to one lane - all traffie aceording to plan.
before the Ann Arbor Art Fair in July. coming southbound has been cut- "Ii's not a bin dea." Ann Arbor rex-
"This includes deconstructing the off and northbound commuters are ident Maureen Finn said "If I am
tunnel, taking it out, etc.," Diane frequently blocked by the large bull- coming out of hiliams Street. the
Brown. University facilities and opera- dozers and trucks that are needed detour takes an extra two minutes no
tions spokesworhan, said. "State Street for the project. get to where I am going I don't mind
blockage will be at its worst during this When the Art Fair comes to town, that:-

By Ginnefer Cox
For th Daily
Although plans had been made to
impletent a new area code in
'Washtenaw County and other metro
Detroit areas, the proposal has been
temporarily suspended by the Federal
Communications Commission.
A telecommiicatIons iindustry
group, which consisted of over 16 com-
paties, devised a proposal for area code
overlays in certain Michigan counties as
a potential solution to the future shortage
of phone numbers in these areas.
Certain areas in the state are run-
ning out of phone numbers due to the
consuner use of cellular phones, coin-
puters, and other items needing mnm-
An area code overlay results in a sec-
ond area code being added to the cur-
rent area code of a particular geograph-
ic area, therefore making more phone
numbers available within that region.
The proposal assigned a new 278
area code to Waslttenaw County in
addition to the existing 734 area code.
The implementation of the pro-
posal was administered by the
Communieations Induxi Sers ices
group of NeuStar. Inc. NeuSiar
sers es as the North A merican
Numbering Plan Administration. a
neutral third pamty group w ho helped
work on the proposal
The FCC suspended the proposal
because the Michigan Public Ses ice
Commission said uhat the FCC does not
base the aunhoity to implement it.
While the proposa is i suspension,

the FCC iss iewing other possible rec-
The question of when the area
oxerlays will go into eff'ct rein
NeuStar spokeswoman Barbara
Blackwell said the length of the sus-
pension of the proposal is up in the air
"We are waiting for the FCC as foi
how to proceed," Blackwell said.
The implementation of area code oxer-
lays may brng some problems to Anr
Arbor residents, including Universitl
students. With the area code overlay, res-
idents would be required to dial the area
code plus the phone number, regardlest
of the area code you are dialing fron9
In addition to dialing extra digits
people would also have to remembei
two different area codes.
LSA senior Andre Shannon said lie
was concerned about the hassle of store
digits, but was accepting of the possible
overlay area codes.
"It would be someswhat of an itcon-
venience to have to dial the area code tc
call next door, but if I don't have to ,
any more, I can live withit," Shanr
Ann Arbor resident Ainiette Watts
said she thought the overlay area codes
would be beneficial.
"I don't particularly like tle idea.
but I think it would make everyone
happier, because if you have more faN
machines and cell phones, then you
need more numbers," Watts said. "I
don't think it's a major problem."
The 278 overlay area code f1
Washtenaw County was sChedUle
begin on July 8, 2010.



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