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Not for publication May 19, 1999 -- No. 348


South Campus traffic flow to be changed during project

CHAPEL HILL -- A nine-month construction project beginning this week at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will require some drivers, bus riders and pedestrians on South Campus to temporarily alter their routes.

The first phases of the project, to expand an underground steam line that heats newer south campus buildings, will require these changes:

Traffic flow will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Manning Drive between Neurosciences Drive and Ridge Road/Bowles Drive intersection.

Traffic flow on Ridge Road at Chase Hall will be retain the usual two lanes -- one each way -- as much as possible, but may be reduced to one lane at times.

Bowles Drive will be closed from Manning at Ridge Road to the Bowles lot. Commuters to the Smith Center and Kenan-Flagler Business School areas should enter Bowles Drive at its other, southern intersection with Manning. Officials expect to reopen this section by mid-June.

Craige Deck will remain open. Because of reduced traffic flow on Manning, drivers are encouraged to approach from the west for a right turn into the deck instead of a left turn.

The bus stop on Ridge Road at Ehringhaus Residence Hall will be moved to Manning near the Ehringhaus drive. On Bowles Drive, bus stops will be moved to the Smith Center side. Chapel Hill Transit’s U, C, S, N, and P routes serve these stops.

Pedestrians at the crossing at Manning and Morrison drives and at the Manning-Bowles-Ridge intersection should look for signs marking alternate routes for use during the construction.

Some parking and turn lanes will be eliminated at the southern end of Ridge Road.

Randy Young of the UNC-CH Public Safety Department said the project will be designed to minimize effects on the World Special Olympics Summer Games June 26-July 4. For more information, call the department at 962-3951.

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Contact: Randy Young, 962-1502 or 962-3951.