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Council agrees to test game-day traffic plan

Article Published: Sep. 29, 2011 | Modified: Oct. 7, 2011

Game day traffic could get some welcome relief.

That’s the hope of Appalachian State University Police Chief Gunther Doerr.

Last Thursday, he brought a new traffic pattern presentation to the Boone Town Council at its regular meeting.

The plan would close Stadium Drive from just above the entrance to the stadium parking lot to the River Street intersection until pedestrian flow has ended, “no more than 15 or 20 minutes,” Doerr said.

Once the pedestrian safety factor was in check, a new traffic pattern would be created.

“Our proposal is to use both lanes of stadium drive exiting the stadium going down to River Street,” Doerr said.

Vehicles in the right lane would turn right on Rivers Street. Vehicles in the left lane could go left or right.

“We feel like we can get everything accomplished in no more than 30 minutes,” Doerr said. “As soon as that traffic flow is no longer required we would go back to two-way traffic on Stadium Drive.”

The plan is the result of observing game day traffic during the past year and will be tested for the next four games.

The proposal would give town manager Greg Young the authority to make adjustments to the plan as necessary.

The council voted unanimously to approve testing the plan out on the Boone public, starting immediately.

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