New Brunswick adds bike and bus lanes, removes 50 parking spots on Rutgers campus

Rutgers University and the City of New Brunswick announced Monday new plans for College Avenue near campus that would eliminate dozens of parking spaces.

College Avenue will soon get a bus lane and bike lane, which officials say will help increase traffic flow and improve pedestrian safety.

Fifty metered parking spots between Huntington and Hamilton streets will be taken away. The university says that this will virtually eliminate parking along College Avenue.

"To compensate for the lost parking spaces along College Avenue, 20 metered spaces will now be available for all-day parking in lot 26, behind the Rutgers Student Center on College Avenue. The remaining metered parking will be located at Alexander Johnston Hall at the corner of College Avenue and Somerset Street and will be available for public use after 6 p.m. weekdays and on the weekends," the school said in a statement.

Fencing will also be installed on College Avenue, along with a "high-intensity signal" to "allow pedestrians to cross more safely." Rutgers says that the projects are slated to be finished during the spring semester.

The plan is part of Rutgers's College Avenue Redevelopment Initiative, which also includes the building of some new residential apartments and a 25,000-square-foot public green space.

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