Traffic Changes coming to ECU - WNCT

Traffic Changes coming to ECU

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GREENVILLE, N.C. -

Big traffic changes on the campus of ECU. Cars can no longer move through campus to get from 5th to 10th streets. It's part of the university's master plan to make the campus safer.

If you go past ECU's campus, you can't miss the signs.

Over the next few months, construction crews are going to tear out the roadway on Founders Drive in the middle of campus. 50 parking spaces near Wright Plaza will also be gone.

Everything will be replaced with grass, landscaping and a 20-foot-wide brick path. The reason behind it all: safety.

"We have what could potentially be a conflict and if you've ever driven on Founders Drive when class is changing, you realize there's a lot of kids walking across here," said Michael Talton, ECU architect and project manager.

Although there haven't been any accidents between pedestrians and cars, school administrators say they'd rather be proactive and minimize the potential. The goal is to make the campus more friendly to walkers and bikers.

"Traffic gets hectic here all the time, especially students trying to get to class in a rush and stuff. They pretty much have to wait for the traffic to die down and then make their move...or some students go crazy and just jump in front of traffic without anybody knowing," said ECU student, Miguel Garcia.

Still, some Greenville residents, who regularly cut through campus, say it's a major inconvenience.

"This I the only street that crosses through campus so I figure it's going to cause some problems," said Brandon Dixon, another ECU student.

You will still be able to drive around the fountain to Wright Auditorium from 5th street. From 10th street, you can still turn left on Duncan Court to get to student health services.

It's a confusing transition for some, but ECU officials say they hope everyone will eventually be on board.

There will still be a path for emergency vehicles to cut through campus.

Construction should be complete by December.

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