Roundabout and Bike Path to be Completed by Fall Semester
By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
July 21, 2010
By the time campus life is back in full swing at the end of August, the new bike paths, sidewalks and lighting now under construction west of the field house will be complete, finishing the Main Street enhancements that began in 2008.
Additionally, a roundabout at the junction of North Drive and Main Street also will be done before the fall semester begins. North Drive leads to the Thompson School of Applied Science and the student housing complex, the Gables. As envisioned in the campus master plan, a future South Drive, the fourth arm of the roundabout, will run along the back of Bremner Field near the shot-put area. Eventually, it will connect to McDaniel Drive via the south underpass, easing congestion on Main Street.
“The project completes the street, providing a safer route for bicyclists and pedestrians and improving the roadway,” says Steve Pesci of Campus Planning. “The town and university benefited from more than $800,000 of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding as well as additional funding from the Transportation Enhancements program of the Federal Highway Administration. The stimulus funding allowed us to accelerate and complete reconstruction of this critical entrance corridor.”
The first phase of the Main Street project reduced travel lanes to 11 feet to create five-foot wide bike lanes on both sides of the road from Pettee Lane to the railroad bridge. Now the bike lanes and walkway are being extended from the railroad tracks to the West Edge area.
The sidewalk turns up Mast Road/Route 155-A, crosses behind the U.S. Forestry Service building, through the parking lot behind the transportation garage and stops at West Edge Drive.
About $900,000 of the approximate $1.25 million funding for the work is from the Federal Highway Administration’s Transportation Enhancements program and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The university is responsible for $125,000 and town of Durham provided the $49,000 balance.
For more information visit www.unh.edu/ecd/designmainstwest.html.