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New traffic patterns on campus

The forthcoming Purple Line light rail route will extend 16 miles from New Carrollton in Prince George’s County to Silver Spring and Bethesda in Montgomery County, and five of the 21 stations will be on or around our campus. With direct connections to Metrorail, Amtrak and MARC, the Purple Line will provide more accessible and reliable transportation for students, faculty and staff, and connect our campus to the surrounding region in new ways.

As construction of the Purple Line ramps up in January, there will be major long-term traffic pattern changes in the core of our campus starting on December 27.

Most notably, the traffic circle at the intersection of Campus and Regents Drives will be reconfigured as shown on this map.

Campus Drive will be one way westbound from Union Lane (near Stamp Student Union) to Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building) and Union Drive will be closed from Campus Drive (near the Benjamin Building) to Championship Drive (in Lots 1 and Z). Alumni Drive will remain open. (See map)

Along with the traffic pattern changes, pedestrian detours will be required in many places. All pedestrian detours will be ADA-compliant. (See maps)

To prepare for the change in traffic pattern, there will be major road closures December 27-28 as shown on this map. Emergency vehicle access will be allowed.

Campus Drive will be closed from Paint Branch Drive to Union Drive
Union Drive will be closed from Campus Drive to Championship Lane
Regents Drive will be closed at the traffic circle
We remind you to please use caution when moving around campus, and follow all posted signs and flaggers when traveling near construction areas. As always, we appreciate your flexibility as this important project for our campus and entire region continues to make progress.

If you have questions or encounter issues while traveling around campus, please contact purpleline@umd.edu or 301-405-2222.
[Source: University of Maryland]

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1 Comment

  1. Scott Batson

    Why would you choose an all-way stop instead of a modern roundabout?

    People using the road make mistakes (like speeding, running stop signs and red lights, turning left in front of oncoming traffic), always have and always will. Crashes will always be with us, but they need not result in fatalities or serious injury.

    Modern roundabouts are the safest form of intersection in the world – the intersection type with the lowest risk of fatal or serious injury crashes – (much more so than comparable signals). Modern roundabouts require a change in speed and alter the geometry of one of the most dangerous parts of the system – intersections. The reduction in speed to about 20 mph and sideswipe geometry mean that, when a crash does happen at a modern roundabout, you might need a tow truck, but rarely an ambulance. Visit the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or FHWA for modern roundabout FAQs and safety facts.

    Modern roundabouts come in all sorts of sizes and can accommodate most sizes of vehicles, and are very safe for pedestrians and cyclists.

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