▲ A dangerously busy intersection on campus
Students at Changwon National University will be quite slow in the morning and evening rush hours. An increase of traffic here has created a risk to our safety. The main problem is the increasing number of vehicles going through the North Gate.
The North gate was created through the Changwon City budget at CWNU’s request when National Highway 25 was opened. The consent of the members and citizens was involved in the consultation process and was essential for dealing with the problems of the road. Since the launch of Route 25, traffic has soared to 1,500 to 2,000 vehicles per day using the school interchange. It’s especially causing traffic congestion during rush hour, so CWNU announced that it would charge 1,000 won for cars entering due to safety reasons concerning students and the violation of academic rights in 2014.
Because of the backlash from Changwon citizens using the road, it was very controversial. Under the circumstances it is difficult to take concrete measures in situations where various opposing interests such as Changwon city, CWNU, and the citizens are involved.
Later, more speed humps and flashing traffic signals were installed on adjacent roads in front of the College of Social Sciences, Administration and Liberal Arts in order to prevent accidents caused by the North Gate crossing cars. However, students have always been exposed to the dangers of accidents because of increasing traffic.
CWNU has discussed measures to deal with traffic jams such as only allowing entrance to registered cars, collection of tolls and closed access. The Traffic Management Committee at CWNU tried to devise a rational plan. The professors continued to voice their concerns and protest to the board of directors, but it is not easy to implement new regulations just based on the decisions of the college members as mentioned above.
Since then, CWNU and Changwon City have tried to resolve the issue with the North Gate and cooperation between both parties is important. Currently, CWNU is trying to implement a step-by-step plan such as only allowing access to large vehicles through the front gate and distributing pamphlets to encourage the use of roads rather than going through the campus.
The committee will review the results of the measures and adjust the plan accordingly. Before there are any victims of this problem, proper measures must be made for the safety of the students and school faculty.
By Park Seon-gyeong, cub-reporter
Park Seon-gyeong, cub-reporter email@example.com
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