South Campus Drive Set to Open, Take It Easy
South Campus Drive and the Buffalo Ridge Trail project is nearing completion and will be open for all types of traffic soon. There was
controversy hiccups involved, but with help from several organizations, businesses, agencies, individuals and MyWHaT readers, it is a better project. It will provide access to the Commons and is designed for calmed traffic.
Early August, to late October
In an email from the City Engineer, the following notes were requested to share with visitors to the campus:
- Slow Down – The street is designed to keep the pace of vehicles to 20 MPH. Encourage and remind drivers how unique the Grand Traverse Commons properties are and that we want to respect the Historical Character of this place. The slow pace also allows for commuter cyclists to share the street.
- Give Room – The street is designed at the minimum width of 10′ lanes. This lane width is 2′ narrower than most of the streets in the area and requires special attention for drivers and cyclists. Give Room to buses and other larger vehicles as they will be challenged to skillfully navigate the street and traffic calming measures along the way.
- Completely Stop – At all of the stop signs. You’ll notice we added stop signs at Cottageview Drive last week. Completely stopping at all of the stop signs will help meter the increase in traffic flow along the route and reduce long lines that may form as you travel through.
- Look Out – The traffic signal operation at Silver Lake Road will be a significant change to drivers. Look Out for other traffic as you enter and exit the street as others may not be aware of the new connection. Pedestrians and cyclists can now fully utilize the intersection, so keep a Look Out for people crossing the street.
Silver Driver, looking north near Silver Lake Rd.