Hunt Drive Closed Starting Jan. 31

JANUARY 22, 2020 — To improve safety for students and neighbors, traffic will no longer be able to pass through Hunt Drive beginning Jan. 31.

Mary Baldwin University (MBU) is working in collaboration with the City to close the private street, located directly behind Lyda B. Hunt Dining Hall on the MBU campus. Hunt Drive connects Sycamore Street to Market Street, which are both public streets. The primary purpose of Hunt Drive is to service the dining hall.

Traffic studies conducted by the City on Sycamore Street showed that the volume of traffic on the street was far more than it was designed to handle each day and that much of the traffic was entering the street from Hunt Drive or accessing Hunt Drive from Sycamore Street.

This week, MBU is scheduled to install keypad-controlled gates near both entrances of Hunt Drive, allowing access for large-scale deliveries and garbage trucks, as well as for emergency and authorized campus vehicles. Beginning Jan. 31, delivery drivers for smaller, individual food orders and others wishing to access Woodson Residence Hall by car will need to make alternative arrangements by using the adjacent Spencer Residence Hall parking lot.

“Mary Baldwin invested in this solution because it was clear to us that pedestrians, motorists, and neighbors would be safer if we limited traffic on Hunt Drive,” said Brig. Gen. Teresa Djuric, special advisor to the president and commandant of cadets for the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership, who oversees facilities for the university. “We encourage motorists to find an alternate route to safely navigate, and in some cases, circumnavigate the MBU campus.”

Motorists should be aware that there will not be turnaround areas on Sycamore Street or Hunt Drive once the closure goes into effect.

Media Contact:
Ruth Jones Turner
Communications Manager

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