August 14, 2015
Newly Realigned Alumni Drive Corridor Includes Improved Bicycle Facilities
On Sunday, August 16, the newly reconstructed and realigned portion of Alumni Drive between Tates Creek and Nicholasville Roads will reopen to vehicular traffic.
The reconfigured Alumni Drive corridor has new bicycle and pedestrian facilities; cyclists will be able to choose from multiple routes in navigating Alumni Drive between Nicholasville Road and Tates Creek Road. First, a shared use path will run the entire length of the corridor; this path will be located on the north side of the road from Tates Creek to University Drive and the south side from University Drive to Nicholasville Road. Additionally, this section of Alumni Drive will have a 5 foot bike lane in each direction. At the roundabouts at College Way and University Drive, cyclists may choose to merge with traffic and travel through the roundabout as a vehicle or to exit the roadway and navigate the intersection on the pedestrian facilities that circle the roundabout.
Cyclists who choose to traverse the roundabouts as vehicles are reminded not to enter roundabouts when an emergency vehicle is approaching from any direction; to decrease speeds when approaching and look in every direction before entering the roundabout; not to stop for vehicles waiting to enter the roundabout once they are within it; and to use turn signals to indicate where they will exit.
Members of the campus community should allow extra time in traveling Alumni Drive during the coming weeks, keeping in mind that the campus population will be growing as students return and that an adjustment period to the Alumni Drive changes may be required for some roadway users.
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