Thursday, April 20, 2000
Road Plan Prompts Concern
By Tricia Barrios
Despite the expansion of a busy
Carrboro road, officials say the area will
continue to maintain its pedestrian
The town held a public information
session Wednesday to answer residents’
questions and concerns about the
widening of Smith Level Road, sched
uled to begin in 2003.
Residents began trickling in about
4:30 p.m., picking up information pam
phlets about the $3.1 million project
headed by the N.C. Department of
Transportation and gazing at the blown
up pictures of the area.
Chris McKeever of 756 Smith Level
Road said she worried about the effect
the changes would have on the neigh
borhood. “I’m concerned that my envi
ronment will be changed,” she said. “I
would not want to see that happen.”
UF Professors Petition for New Search
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - A group of
University of Florida professors wants
the Board of Regents to reopen the
search for anew university president,
claiming the four remaining candidates,
including two from Virginia, are not
good enough. “That list is not accept
able to much of the faculty,” said
physics Professor Pierre Ramond on
Wednesday. “The general feeling of the
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Beverly Robinson, transportation
engineer at the Project Development
and Environmental Analysis
Department of the NCDOT, said the
project was an attempt to improve the
traffic flow. “Right now. Smith Level
Road as a two-lane road is congested,”
she said. “This should relieve some of
Carrboro Alderman Diana McDuffee
said widening the road might detract
from the town’s atmosphere.
“Our feeling in Carrboro is that we
want to make a pedestrian-centered
environment,” she said. “I think there is
a sentiment that when you create four
lane roads, it’s not the kind of environ
ment we want.”
Town Manager Robert Morgan said
the road had open ditches and narrow
shoulders that discouraged pedestrian
use. He said the expansion would
improve the road’s accessibility and ease
pedestrian travel by proriding sidewalks.
faculty is disbelief and anger.”
Ramond is the spokesman for 12 pro
fessors who want to reopen the search
for anew president. They are circulating
a resolution asking the Board of Regents
to suspend the current search, abandon
the May 17 deadline and wait until the
Legislature determines the fate of the
regents before continuing the search.
The professors’ move comes after the
field of candidates narrowed from six to
four. James Moeser, chancellor of the
“This is the only design to deal with
accessibility to town development,” he
said. “It would encourage people to walk,
which you’re not able to do right now."
The construction will be done
between the bridge over Morgan Creek
and Rock Haven Road.
Carrboro Transportation Planner
Kenneth Withrow said the road con
struction could happen one of two ways.
“We’re looking at two lanes in each
direction,” he said. “The issue is, do we
have a median or will there be a fifth
Withrow said the expansion was also
aimed at increasing traffic-carrying
capacity for cars as well as buses, but
would make a busy road even busier.
“It’ll have an impact on the area dur
ing construction,” he said. “There’s
already a lot of traffic in that area.”
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University of Nebraska at Lincoln,
dropped out of the running to become
chancellor at UNC-CH. Elson Floyd,
president of Western Michigan
University, also dropped out under
pressure from WMU’s board of
The professors’ group has gathered
more than 150 signatures on the resolu
tion from the university’s 2,840 faculty
“The present slate of candidates does
not represent institutions at parity with
or better than UF,” the resolution states.
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Items of Interest
■ Street Signs, a national performing
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■ The Ackland Art Museum will
present new work by nine emerging
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■ The student drama company
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