New Philadelphia, Ohio (WTUZ) – A plan to ease traffic congestion due to growth at a local campus has begun and completion is expected by 2019.
Phase 1 of a master plan creates a new entrance to the Kent State University at Tuscarawas campus.
Dean Dr. Brad Bielski explains that the new divided entrance and exit to the campus are along E. High Avenue; however, Founder’s Drive will remain the primary access roadway.
“It winds around a little bit and then it ends right at the base of our Science and Technology building and there will be a beautiful landing base there as well. We’re excited about getting this first phase of what we envision a whole host of construction projects in the years to come.”
He adds that the new entry will also have a sidewalk that will link to the Tuscarawas campus and other county proposed trail systems.
Phase 1 will cost up to $3 million and is funded through local money and donations.
“One of the benefits of this roadway, I think it will help not only our students but a lot of the students at Buckeye Career Center give ease of access and you won’t have this huge traffic jam. We’re also thinking this will help out with sold-out performances at the Performing Arts Center.”
Dean Bielski notes that other phases include new sports fields, student housing, additional academic buildings, and more parking lots. A time frame for these projects is unknown at this time. - Mary Alice Reporting