During Monday night’s State College borough council meeting, experts and homeowners clashed over what to do about traffic routes for Penn State’s new west campus parking garage.
Eric Boeldt is a homeowner in the Holmes-Foster District, an area that’s a top contender for a new exit route from the new west campus parking garage.
A traffic engineer hired by Penn State University say this involves building a new street that will run from campus to Buckhout Street.
“If you put it on small streets like Buckhout or Sparks, or Burrows,any of these streets, it would be too crowded to handle that extra amount of traffic morning and evening.” Eric Boeldt, Homeowner, in State College’s Holmes-Foster District, said.
Boeldt says he would like the exit route to go through Blue Course Drive.
It’s an option the borough asked traffic engineer Robert Watts to look at.
Watt says there’s something standing in the way of that.
“The major features on that side of campus that are environmentally sensitive are a well head protection area, that has a buffer, 400 feet around it,” Robert Watts, Traffic Engineer, for McCormick Taylor Inc., said. “It’s basically a no fly zone. Putting something through there is not a good idea, it’s never a good idea.”
He says there’s also a dry well there. It could cause houses to flood if it’s damaged.
But Boeldt, his neighbors, and some borough council members worry more cars in their neighborhood could be dangerous.
“Elementary students walk to school around here and they do have crossing guards, but that just makes more pedestrian-car interactions possible,” Boeldt, said.