Working for a Safer Northgate

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Changes have been approved for Northgate portion of University Drive. College Station's city council voted to go ahead with proposed improvement to University Drive back on September 28.

Those upgrades will be in part thanks to voters who identified that Northgate needed to be safer and in 2003 voted for the bond proposal that would finance the projcet.

The Northgate project is the first phase of an improvement plan for all University Drive. As the changes are made, Director of Public Works Mark Smith says people who drive in the area will be signaled about one change in particular.

"The main feature of that project is to add a traffic signal at the intersection of Boyett and University Drive," Smith said.

Aside from the traffic light, other additions to Northgate include new crosswalks, timed pedestrian traffic signals, wider sidewalks, and bike lanes. Smith also says his department will look at the possibility of reducing the speed limit in the area.

"The idea is to provide an additional safe crossing for pedestrians in the Northgate area," Smith said, "and also to slow down the movement of traffic through that corridor right there adjacent to those businesses."

It is an idea many who cross University Drive welcome.