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Drivers, Pedestrians Urged to Watch for Changes to Roads, Routes on Campus
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Drivers and pedestrians on campus should be on alert this semester for new long-term traffic pattern changes in effect as part of heightened construction activity for the Purple Line. Please allow extra time to travel through campus.
The most notable changes implemented on Dec. 27 include:
1. A reconfiguration of the traffic circle at Regents and Campus Drives to a three-way stop intersection:
2. Pedestrian detours along Union Drive near the Cole Student Activities Building, Campus Drive through the center of campus, and near the intersection of Regents and Campus Drives. (All pedestrian detours are ADA-compliant.) Additional pedestrian detours are located near Turner Hall and Ritchie Coliseum, and on Rossborough Lane both east and west of Baltimore Avenue:
3. Campus Drive running one way westbound from Union Lane (near the Adele H. Stamp Student Union) to Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building). Union Drive will be closed from Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building) to Championship Drive in Lots 1 and Z. All traffic on Campus Drive must turn left at the Benjamin Building:
Once completed, the 16-mile light-rail line will have 21 stops extending from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Bethesda in Montgomery County. Five of those stops will be on or adjacent to the University of Maryland campus. The Purple Line is expected to be up and running in 2027.
“With direct connections to Metrorail, Amtrak and MARC, the Purple Line will provide more accessible and reliable transportation for students, faculty and staff, and connect our campus to the surrounding region in new ways,” said Carlo Colella, UMD vice president and chief administrative officer.
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