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07-24-02

Contacts:
Rick Fox, Facilities Planning, (515) 294-9612
Anne Krapfl, University Relations, (515) 294-7065


WALLACE ROAD CHANGES TO IMPROVE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

AMES, Iowa -- Work on a section of Wallace Road on the Iowa State University campus will convert vehicle traffic from four lanes to two, with a third, center lane used for left turn lanes and islands. The work will begin the week of July 29.

The part of Wallace Road to be affected is between Lincoln Way (Maple-Willow-Larch area) and Union Drive (Hamilton Hall area). The work primarily will be painting and striping on the road surface. Traffic lanes will close temporarily, but planners hope to keep short-term road closures to a minimum.

The change is a response to students' safety concerns at the Maple-Willow-Larch crossing and is intended to improve pedestrian safety, particularly at that location and in front of the Lied Center, according to ISU landscape architect Rick Fox. He said crossing two lanes of traffic is safer than crossing four, especially when a center island provides a "safety zone" for pedestrians.

Before the re-striping work begins, crews will reverse the one-way flow of traffic in Richardson Court. When the work is completed, cars will enter at the north drive to Richardson Court (near Oak and Elm halls) and exit at the south end (near Linden Hall).



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