NC State plans to 'gate' busy street through campus

Posted June 22, 2012

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— North Carolina State University plans to put up an access gate to a busy road on the campus in an effort to reduce vehicle traffic in the area.

Installation is expected to happen later this summer in the vicinity of a railroad bridge – between Yarbrough and Thurman drives – on Dan Allen Drive, which runs from Hillsborough Street and extends across Western Boulevard.

Brian O'Sullivan, assistant director of N.C. State's transportation department, says the move is aimed at making the campus more pedestrian-friendly.

"We’re trying to take bites and alter the atmosphere without removing all parking," O'Sullivan said.

Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, traffic will be limited to the university's Wolfline bus fleet and university and emergency vehicles.

Motorists will still be able to access the Dan Allen Parking Deck, near the railroad, from Hillsborough Street.

Drivers, however, have expressed concerns about an increased volume of traffic on Hillsborough Street.

O'Sullivan admits the plan will add to existing congestion.

"Theoretically, we're increasing – for certain trips, marginally increasing – that delay in an already-bad situation," he said.

N.C. State students, like Molly Renaud, welcome the move.

"I either walk or take my bike, and Dan Allen is not a fun place to be for pedestrians," she said. "I think it'll definitely be better for students walking around. Less traffic is always better for pedestrians."


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  • dwntwnboy Jun 28, 2012

    Question - who pays for that road? The college or the taxpayers? If it's the citizens of NC, then this shouldn't happen. These are supposed to be the brightest students, young adults etc- you're telling me that they can't cross a street without it being closed? What about all the increased traffic that will now be on Pullen and Gorman- the only other ways through/around campus now? They going to close those too when the traffic gets too bad?

  • dwntwnboy Jun 28, 2012

    How about just enforcing existing crosswalks and speed limits. The LAST thing Hillsborough St needs is MORE traffic. Dan Allen has been an open road through campus for decades and the traffic SUCKS on it on any given day- this will only cause further headaches for those of us who live near the campus but avoid ever having to go through because of the traffic- this just pushes NCSUs problem onto the city streets- THANKS STATE!! Maybe they can use Dan Allen to party on if and when they ever win a tournament again, there will be way too many cars on Hillsborough Street.

  • corey3rd Jun 22, 2012

    NC State was not planted in the middle of the city. If you know anything about the history of the town, it was the outskirts of the city. Across the street was the old fairgrounds.

    This is something that needed to be done since most of the students live on West Campus and have to deal with cars that don't care about crosswalks.

  • SailbadTheSinner Jun 22, 2012


    Actually, they placed a city around a school.

    Ever seen any of the old photos from the early 1900's?


  • Alex25 Jun 22, 2012

    "LESS traffic is better for pedestrians".......hmmm.

    Who is paying the road bill again..?? Oh yea...gas/auto/tire/ taxes. Not walkers or bikers...................

  • dsdaughtry Jun 22, 2012

    NC State just sealed the death of any hopes for its future engineering graduates. Once other universities get wind of this laughable idea it will surely make its way to the corporate world of do’s versus don’ts.

    For starters I and others can just imagine the turnaround confusion when Raleigh drivers who already ignore most traffic signs see a gate-arm either in front of Thurman Drive or Yarborough Drive once already on campus in route on Dan Allen Drive. Those same drivers will be forced to turn into either a staff gated parking lot (with no turn-around) or a crowded residence hall area causing further pedestrian traffic thru Doak Field. Either way NC State University campus police just got busier thanks to poor planning by its own campus. Talk about disconnect with its own campus community?

    It would have been much simpler to place one timed gate-arm at the corner of Western Blvd and Dan Allen Drive and the other at Hillsborough Street and Dan Allen Drive.

  • allanonofnc Jun 22, 2012

    You place a school in the middle of a city and THEN complain about the traffic? Why not a tunnel or pedestrian bridge across the street? As a student at NC State for many years, the biggest problem is the students NOT following the traffic/pedestrian laws and crossing anywhere they feel inclined to.

  • ckblackm Jun 22, 2012

    dmccall: They've needed to put up a pedestrian bridge across Western @ Avent Ferry for years... I'm really surprised no one's done it yet.

  • ListentoMeNow Jun 22, 2012

    To be such a good engineering school they can come up with some stupid ideas. This will go over just as well as the roundabouts on Hillsborough.

  • dmccall Jun 22, 2012

    Boy. The idiocy surrounding the attitude toward cars around NCSU is bewildering. This puts even MORE pressure on the Avent Ferry/Western Intersection where students are having to play Frogger to get across a divided highway.