Douglas Road realignment plans revealed, safety concerns expressed

By the beginning of Notre Dame's next school year, campus will be looking a little different.

Plans are in place to expand campus to the north. Douglas road will be closed and replaced with a new one, paid for by the university.

“There are five overall objectives including increasing the aesthetic entry of our community, continuing the county's plan for our corridor all the way from State Road 933 to Ash Road,” says Notre Dame architect Doug Marsh.

Tuesday night the university held a public information meeting to answer any questions.

One of the ideas behind the "Douglas realignment" project is to make campus safer, considering several students and staff member cross the street to get to campus.

Now a new road will be built that connects with a roundabout at Juniper Road, cuts through White Field, and joins the intersection at the Indiana Toll Road exit.

The new road includes two roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, and an exercise path throughout most of new alignment.

Several neighbors at the meeting expressed concerns about the safety of bikers with the possibility of increased traffic.

“Every time you have people on either bikes or running or walking or car traffic, you are creating a problem,” says a neighbor from Juniper Road, Lloyd Loring.

This project is in its final planning stages. The public hearing will on December fourth in front of the county council to vacate Douglas Road.

Then the county commissioners will vote.

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