▲ At 6:30 p.m. on February 16, many cars are passing through the north gate when it's time to get off work
CWNU is in trouble due to the north gate road situation, which is habitually congested during rush hour. The average office worker's commuting time is 8 a.m. and the average leaving time is 6 p.m. At this time, when everyone is busy commuting, there is a long line of vehicles to pass through the entrance at CWNU's north gate. The pedestrian safety of CWNU students and ordinary citizens is at risk due to the chaotic traffic conditions during rush hour.
According to the results of CWNU's January to October 2022 report, 1,387,290, “simple passing cars,” entered CWNU and left within 10 minutes, accounting for 63.9% of the total 2,172,284 entering cars. In April last year, CWNU implemented an alternative to completely control one of the four entrances, the north gate, the main gate, the east gate, and the west gate, in order to solve traffic difficulties in the north gate. Contrary to the expected results, the number of, “simple passing cars,” showed no signs of decreasing. The two- lane road on campus, the place of origin of CWNU's traffic jam, was blocked and quiet. During the commuting process, most of the vehicles entered and left the main gate again, in less than five minutes. In addition, there were many cars entering the main gate or the east gate, and exiting through the north gate. We entered CWNU within 10 minutes during rush hour. Most of the outgoing, "simple passing cars," use National Route 25. The majority of, “simple passing vehicles,” entering the north gate use National Route 25 to enter CWNU to commute to downtown Changwon, which is close to public institutions such as Gyeongnam Provincial Office. Twenty- seven traffic accidents occurred last year as the number of vehicles entering the campus increased. There were no casualties, however, CWNU's facility, a blocking rod, was damaged.
In order to solve the continuous traffic difficulties, CWNU held a, "CWNU Traffic Problem Improvement Council," in the conference room on the second floor of the university headquarters. The council was attended by Yoo Jin- sang, Chairman of the Faculty, Park Young- ho, Director of Planning, Hwang Young- sook, General Affairs, and related departments and team leaders, including Changwon Transportation Construction Director, and Changwon Central Police Station. Various discussions were held at the council, including simple traffic increases for commuting to and from CWNU campus, toll collection, new and existing roads, strengthening illegal parking crackdowns, and installing a rotary intersection in front of the main gate. Thus far, CWNU has attracted additional speed bumps to solve traffic difficulties and installed S- shaped streamlined roads, rotary intersections, 30km speed limit signs, and 3m height limit bars at the north gate. The university headquarters is preparing measures in various ways, such as reviewing the collection of simple tolls from other universities.
Changwon City said it needs continuous attention to CWNU's review of toll collection for student safety, and that it will actively take measures to resolve, "simple passing vehicles," in the university. In addition, Changwon City announced that it will start to improve the traffic environment around Changwon Jungang Station, a habitually congested section. Currently, Changwon City is under construction to change the three- way intersection near the public parking lot of Changwon Central Station, from a signal intersection to a rotary intersection. The construction is scheduled to be completed in April next year. In addition, Changwon City intends to expand the two- lane road between National Route 25 and Changwon Jungang Station a four-lane road.
Meanwhile, Ryu Byung- kwan, a law professor at CWNU, said, "We urge you to exempt parking fees within an hour, only when you go back to the entrance, and return them to Changwon citizens if we make profits." CWNU reiterated, "We will continue to hold meetings of related organizations on a regular basis to find and implement the best way to solve traffic problems, and will improve CWNU's transportation environment with members, related agencies, and local citizens." CWNU puts student safety first by holding a, "CWNU Improvement Council," to stabilize traffic during rush hour and are preparing measures in various ways. Based on the continuous interest of the school, we expect the endless development for CWNU students.
By Park ChaeHyun, cub-reporter email@example.com
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