“We had the big Bobcat sign that nobody paid much attention to before. We are trying to do something more to make this a ‘campus’ for us,” the GC director said.
An overhead beam will connect the sidewall and center entrance elements.
Ruark said the beam will be the same approved interstate minimum height.
The West Campus entrance walls should bring in colors from The Village Housing and the Wellness and Recreation Center. Ruark said the overhead beam and roof of the center drive structure will pick up the GC colors.
“This will bring (West Campus) back into association with the main campus along with giving it the identity it needs,” he said. “There are some great amenities out at West Campus.”
Looks aside, developing safer ingress and egress points are enormous. In the past, vehicles would clog up 40 or 50 deep in the single lane exit.
“The biggest part of this is trying to get people out of this entrance onto the road as efficiently as possible,” Ruark said. “I think you are going to see a huge difference.”
There are no adjacent 441 median alterations included in this project. Left turn lanes remain untouched.
The current traffic numbers aren’t large enough for traffic light installation, though Ruark said it’s a question of when — not if.
“If at some point we do get the numbers for a traffic signal, the entrance will be built to accommodate it. By leaving the median the way it is, it positions it correctly for a traffic signal in the future,” Ruark said. “GDOT won’t have to do anything to our part of the entrance to make it ready. It was worth the time to get it right.”
McNure agrees the “biggest benefit to these improvements is that they are in line with the requirements needed to support a future traffic signal installation.”