UConn: 'Complete Streets' Improve Campus Environment
As the spring 2018 semester gets underway, drivers on North Eagleville Road can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. Two-way traffic has started again on the road, while upgrades to the underground utility network have been placed on hiatus for the semester. Work to finalize the infrastructure improvements will resume this summer.
In the meantime, the community can experience the benefits of surface improvements to North Eagleville Road, an example of the "Complete Streets" initiative on campus, which includes such projects as the recent improvements to Hillside Road and the construction on Discovery Drive.
Complete Streets include environmentally friendly features, improved universal access, and increased pedestrian and vehicular safety attributes.
According to Smart Growth America and the National Complete Streets Coalition: "There is no singular design prescription for Complete Streets; each one is unique and responds to its community context. A complete street may include: sidewalks, bike lanes (or wide paved shoulders), special bus lanes, comfortable and accessible public transportation stops, frequent and safe crossing opportunities, median islands, accessible pedestrian signals, curb extensions, narrower travel lanes, roundabouts, and more."