May 19, 2017
As Texas Tech University continues to grow, increased traffic through campus has led to greater safety concerns for pedestrians. As a result, a portion of 15th Street will be prohibited to vehicles during peak hours on weekdays starting this fall.
From 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, bollards will block 15th Street between Boston and Detroit avenues to all vehicles except emergency vehicles in emergency situations. The restriction may also be implemented during special events and storms.
“During any given weekday, more than 5,000 pedestrians have been documented crossing this section of roadway,” said Sean Childers, assistant vice president for operations in the Operations Division. “With this increased pedestrian traffic count and following a safety initiative set out by various entities on campus, it was decided restricting access to this stretch of roadway during peak times provided the safest option for all forms of traffic on campus.”
A collaborative safety effort between the Faculty Senate, Staff Senate, Transportation & Parking Services, the Operations Division and the Student Government Association focused on safety enhancements on campus for all forms of transportation: pedestrians, bicycles, skateboards, vehicles and buses. These groups all have expressed their support for the change.
Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and other non-vehicle forms of transportation will still be allowed to use the road during the restricted hours.
Other recent projects to increase safety on campus include the installation of new sidewalks and four-way stop signs, adjusting signal light times, increasing area lighting and the development of a new safety campaign by Transportation & Parking Services.
The same stretch of 15th Street between Boston and Detroit avenues will be closed beginning Monday (May 22) for the Boston pavement replacement project, which will extend along Boston Avenue from Memorial Circle to 15th Street. The project is expected to last through July 31, barring any delays due to weather. During that time, all access around this section of Boston Avenue will be closed.
Texas Tech University Transportation & Parking Services is here to assist motorists, enabling them for the world of possibilities. Combining
state-of-the-art enforcement applications with practical methods and real-world solutions.
We register vehicles electronically based on license plate numbers and issues an ePermit to park in specified lots around campus. If you would like to register your vehicle to park on campus, you can do so by logging into your Parking Account.
The Student Government Association encourages student involvement and provides opportunities to develop a lifetime relationship with Texas Tech University for each student and to keep Texas Tech University at the forefront of higher education.Twitter