Traffic flow on Magnolia Ave. to change as prep for demolition of AHT begins

In a Friday, March 15 email update to PUSD families, the district provided a timeline for work that will be taking place around the Magnolia Avenue campus starting this weekend in preparation for the upcoming demolition of Alan Harvey Theater. 

“Over the next two weekends, the District will start to dismantle the trellis and roof structure over the PHS breezeway.  When staff and students return to campus on the next two consecutive Mondays, the area will be completely cleared of any any debris and safe for all usual school activities.

On April 1, the District will:

  • Install a perimeter fence around AHT,
  • Close the main entrance driveway to PHS,
  • Eliminate 20 parking spaces on the AHT block of Magnolia, and
  • Install “K rail” barriers to manage traffic flow past the construction site.

Once the barriers are in place, cars will no longer be able to load or unload passengers in front of PHS.  PHS drop-off and pick-up will be either in front of MHS/PMS or outside the immediate area.

Until construction is completed, the District is asking students and families to avoid driving on Magnolia Avenue between Hillside Avenue and Highland Avenue during the work day if possible, and to do drop-offs and pick-ups away from the construction area.  There will be no changes to parking and traffic on Magnolia other than the single block that runs in front of the theater.  

During Spring Break, April 13 – 21, the District hopes to demolish the theater. This is an ambitious schedule because the theater is a substantial concrete structure, but the District will try to complete this work while students and staff are away from campus.  Between April 22 and the end of the school year, crews will be removing debris and soil from the theater site and re-grading the site in preparation for construction of the STEAM building, which will start immediately after the last day of school.”

Contact: Director of Facilities and Construction Manager Pete Palmer at

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