How large will the new roundabout be?
The design indicates that the roundabout will be slightly larger than the roundabout that currently exists along Faculty Road.
How will the new pattern alleviate rush hour traffic?
The roundabout coupled with the transit plaza will help to alleviate the current rush hour congestion that occurs in the Alexander Street/University Place corridor. Shifting the traffic movements associated with the Wawa, the Dinky pick-up/drop-off, bus stop, taxis, Wawa loading, and the conflicting pedestrian crossing that currently cause backups to a purpose-designed transit plaza will help to alleviate the current congestion. The roundabout will facilitate the movement of northbound traffic to University Place rather than Alexander Street. This should also help to reduce some of the current traffic backups at the Mercer Street/Alexander Street intersection.
Will the proposed transit plaza have traffic congestion?
By separating the numerous conflicting traffic movements to a purpose-designed transit plaza, the conflicts that currently cause congestion will be removed. With designated areas for "kiss and ride," Wawa parking and taxis that are away from the regular flow of traffic within the plaza, the traffic passing through the plaza area will not be impeded. Additionally, since there is little overlap between the hours that commuters and arts patrons would be utilizing the neighborhood amenities, it is not likely that traffic backups would occur as they do currently during the morning and afternoon rush hours.
Will traffic increase due to the proposed arts development?
The design results in a reduction in University-related traffic in the Alexander Street/University Place corridor. Currently there are numerous administrative uses in the area that will be relocated to sites off the main campus. These administrative uses cause traffic during the peak morning and evening rush hours as staff members arrive and depart work most frequently during these times. Removing these administrative uses and replacing them with arts related uses will result in a reduction of University-related traffic during the peak hours.
In addition to the reduction in University-related traffic in the Alexander Street/University Place corridor, the construction of a purpose-designed transit plaza will remove the numerous conflicting traffic movements ("kiss and ride," Wawa parking, bus and shuttle stops) to an area that is away from the regular flow of north to south traffic and will result in fewer and less significant traffic backups within the corridor.
Will the project add more traffic to Alexander Street and University Place?
The plans for the Arts and Transit Project will not add more traffic to Alexander Street and University Place. Currently there are numerous University-related administrative uses that will be moved out of the Alexander Street corridor. These administrative uses currently generate traffic during the peak morning and evening rush hours, and they will be replaced by academic and performance space uses that would not generate traffic during the rush hour.