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University Drive needs to be completed

University Drive needs to be completed

August 24
18:05 2016

Victoria Baghaei

Fall semester is almost here and to no surprise, University Drive isn’t even close to being finished.

While Denton, Texas is home to many new students looking to further their education and build their new lives, the city has undergone multiple construction projects to expand and accommodate itself for the past four years. Recently, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University have grown, bringing in more than 5,000 freshmen each fall and causing the small city to come to grips with the need for expansion.

UNT, while its construction seems to never end, has successfully made accommodations and completed the Union in addition to the new dorms that are able to house new residents. At the same time, while the university can successfully complete these endeavors timely, the city of Denton appears to be falling behind and has made slow progress in its journey to expand the roads and highways by reasonable means.

Many of the private projects (like Raising Cane’s and WinCo) have finished or are on the verge of completion, with Razor Ranch expanding and growing on an annual basis.

Illustration by Samuel Wiggins | Senior Staff Illustrator

Illustration by Samuel Wiggins | Senior Staff Illustrator

Denton currently holds 33 projects that are predicted to be finished by the end of 2016, bringing forth the question as to why the city appears to need such a high amount of undertakings when it is struggling to finish the eyesore that is University Drive.

The construction to turn the four lane roadway into six lanes has been overwhelming for many Denton drivers, with construction falling behind from its due date of June 30 due to the weather and flooding issues.

For the last three years, Denton drivers have experienced abundant amounts of traffic from the shutdowns of the other two lanes, turning the busy road into a tentative two lanes; while also ripping up driveways to many of the shopping centers and grocery stores that line the busy street. With the annual fair in town this weekend, along with the freshmen newcomers, traffic has become almost unbearable.

Furthermore, Denton has shut down all lanes but one on Carroll Boulevard and Fort Worth Drive. It has also shut down parts of Fulton Street, Malone Street and Teasley Lane, overwhelming us residents with more vehicular troubles in what is obviously extraneous construction.

With all of this comes the confusion from freshmen that are unfamiliar with the roads, and seemingly don’t understand how Denton roads work. More often than not, the freshmen I see end up going the opposite way on the one-way road, which will be more problematic if these incidents continue.

The project is already months behind, with the right side of University Drive pretty ugly from the weather and the stagnant orange cones. Needless to say, the city should look at its options and decide if the upcoming prospects are more important than finishing a major road that, without completion, continues to be one giant traffic jam.

We are tired of it. Our hearts and tires can only take so much!

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Preston Mitchell

Preston Mitchell

Preston served as the Opinion Editor of the North Texas Daily from July 2016 to July 2017, and is a UNT graduate of integrative studies.

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