Stop light and parking lot changes to improve campus safety
From Summer Staff Reports
June 20, 2011
Construction work began in June to improve the safety of traffic and pedestrians entering or leaving campus on West Third Street.It will become safer to enter or exit campus parking lots in front of Oxendine Building or cross to McDonald’s. The attractiveness of the campus that faces West Third Street will improve.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 5 before students return for the fall semester.
The student lots will have only one entrance and exit that will feature a new traffic light to be installed at the intersection of Lowry and West Third streets near the McDonald’s restaurant.
Traffic traveling west will enter McDonald’s from Lowry Street. Traffic traveling east will enter McDonald’s from Third Street.
University traffic traveling west on Third Street will be able to turn right into the new elongated student parking lot. Eastbound University traffic will turn left into the lot at the light.
There will be new concrete traffic islands in Third Street to keep traffic moving in three lanes.
At the intersection, Third Street will widen to accommodate the turn lanes, according to Steve Martin, assistant vice chancellor for facilities management.
A pedestrian crosswalk will be added across Third Street from campus for persons going to McDonald’s, said DOT’s Project Engineer Donavan Hunt. He said there will be a crossing light installed for pedestrians.
The concrete barriers in front of the former campus entrance on Third Street have been removed.
The project will cost $900,279.
Faculty and staff parking lot
Additional changes include improving safety at the Old Main Drive faculty and staff parking lot exit to Odum Road.
Parking spaces at the east end of the lot in front of Oxendine Science Building are being reversed to face the railroad tracks instead of campus.
According to Martin, no parking spaces will be lost, but two large oak trees have been removed.
“The goal is to improve pedestrian and vehicular safety,” Martin said. “This project will help both the town and the university.”