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South Campus Drive Set to Open, Take It Easy

South Campus Drive and the Buffalo Ridge Trail project is nearing completion and will be open for all types of traffic soon. There was controversy hiccups involved, but with help from several organizations, businesses, agencies, individuals and MyWHaT readers, it is a better project. It will provide access to the Commons and is designed for calmed traffic.

Early August, to late October

In an email from the City Engineer, the following notes were requested to share with visitors to the campus:

  • Slow Down – The street is designed to keep the pace of vehicles to 20 MPH. Encourage and remind drivers how unique the Grand Traverse Commons properties are and that we want to respect the Historical Character of this place. The slow pace also allows for commuter cyclists to share the street.
  • Give Room – The street is designed at the minimum width of 10′ lanes. This lane width is 2′ narrower than most of the streets in the area and requires special attention for drivers and cyclists.  Give Room to buses and other larger vehicles as they will be challenged to skillfully navigate the street and traffic calming measures along the way.
  • Completely Stop – At all of the stop signs. You’ll notice we added stop signs at Cottageview Drive last week. Completely stopping at all of the stop signs will help meter the increase in traffic flow along the route and reduce long lines that may form as you travel through.
  • Look Out – The traffic signal operation at Silver Lake Road will be a significant change to drivers. Look Out for other traffic as you enter and exit the street as others may not be aware of the new connection. Pedestrians and cyclists can now fully utilize the intersection, so keep a Look Out for people crossing the street.
The Buffalo Ridge boardwalk, looking south. 

Silver Driver, looking north near Silver Lake Rd. 

  1. October 27, 2011 at 9:55 am

    How nice that we now have a little relief for the nasty business that is Division. Doesn’t help with biking but will definitely provide much improved traffic flow in one of Traverse City busiest yet most overlooked areas. With Munson, TCAPS and the Commons, there’s definitely a ton of traffic.

  2. October 27, 2011 at 10:03 am

    That’s the great hope, Farlane…but, as a reality check, I don’t believe that there will be amazing relief in traffic along Division in the long term from this access. Both the Commons and the hospital are growing and in our car dominate region that means more vehicle miles driven in to and from this area. The relief will be short lived if we don’t continue to follow-up on good projects like this by altering our development patterns and continuing to expand projects designs aimed at encouraging traffic other than single occupant vehicle.

    This project makes life better in terms of access, but as traffic relief, I don’t see it. I could be wrong.

  3. October 27, 2011 at 10:04 am

    We took a tour of this area last weekend. They did a great job! Once the botanical gardens get going, it’s going to look wonderful back there!

  4. October 27, 2011 at 11:23 am

    You and your “reality” Gary. 😉

    While I agree that the relief won’t be too significant on its own (especially for non-motorized access), it will reduce the right turn lineup at 11th and Division and also (I hope) make it easier for folks to pop in from Silver Lake.

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