Spaceship Campus Construction To Cause Cupertino Car Congestion

Apple Campus 2 Rendered

Apple watchers and employees might be excited about the forthcoming Apple 2 campus, but its development may not prove so popular with drivers.

For the next phase of construction on Apple’s massive 176-acre campus, work will require lane closures on surrounding streets of the campus site — meaning that traffic will be redirected through Cupertino.

A section of Pruneridge Avenue will be permanently closed as Apple plans to integrate its new campus with properties also owned by Apple on the other side of the street. This closure is scheduled to begin on April 7.

“Obviously, there’s going to be more traffic,” driver Alan Chang told a local NBC reporter. “I’m afraid it’s going to be crowded all the time.”

While the completion of the new campus will mean additional jobs and tax revenue for Cupertino, in the short-term some local businesses are concerned construction will drive away potential customers.

Apple’s new headquarters isn’t scheduled to open until 2016, but readers wishing to look at renders of how it will likely appear can check them out here. A recently released video showed the demolition of a building on the site of the Apple 2 campus — although it was quickly pulled by Apple.

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Luke DormehlLuke Dormehl is a UK-based journalist and author, with a background working in documentary film for Channel 4 and the BBC. He is the author of The Formula: How Algorithms Solve All Our Problems, And Create More and The Apple Revolution, both published by Penguin/Random House. His tech writing has also appeared in Wired, Fast Company, Techmeme, and other publications. He'd like you a lot if you followed him on Twitter.

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