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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Vehicular Circulation
 
Vehicular Circulation
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Roads and parking surfaces are colored on this map. In contrast to pedestrian surfaces, the roadway pattern is a strong and continuous pattern. Access roads — Route 133 at the upper right of the drawing, Route 658 at the left, and College Road crossing the picture left-to-right — are colored orange. Local streets that the College shares with neighboring residents are colored light yellow. College roads and parking are colored red. The numbers of parking spaces are shown in circles adjacent to each lot area on the campus. Major service docks are located by the blue symbol; and handicapped parking spaces are located by the black diamond symbol.

In 1998, there were 917 parking spaces on the campus. Expressed as a ratio, there were 92 spaces per 100 students. This compares favorable with a median ratio, from a sampling of a broad cross-section of post-secondary institutions across the nation, of 49 spaces per 100 students. By this measure, the College has an ample supply of parking for day-to-day operation; however, it has been reported that the supply is sometimes insufficient for weekend events.

College Road is presently the vital link in the circulation system. It is the only motor access through the campus and needs to be carefully managed during events. Alternate routes for emergency vehicles need to be considered. Roundabout routes might be examined, or possibly through-route alternatives. For instance, broad campus walkways can convey ambulances or fire trucks through the campus area to circumvent College Road when it might be clogged with private automobiles.

In general, only modest adjustments to the circulation system are needed. Some parking lots are unsightly and would benefit from screening landscaping. The large lot at the present physical plant area (right of the map) needs reordering to be more efficient and visually less chaotic. Parking lots along the Via Sacra intrude into the streetscape; removal of parking spaces forward of the College building fronts would enhance the landscape significantly.