U Of North Dakota Considers Taking Cars Off University Avenue To Create Pedestrian Mall On Campus

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The stretch of University Avenue running through the UND campus could be closed to cars under an idea being studied by the Grand Forks-East Grand Forks Metropolitan Planning Organization.

The MPO is looking at the feasibility of turning University Avenue into a pedestrian mall with bus access, an idea that emerged from an environmental plan created by UND in 2010. The MPO will release its conclusions in February 2013.

Anyone who drives through campus regularly knows to expect a slow drive with frequent stops for pedestrians crossing University Avenue at every point along the street, increasing the risk of accidents.

“University Avenue is a very heavy traffic area,” said UND Facilities Management Director Larry Zitzow. “The vehicle-pedestrian traffic is terrible.”

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