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Towson U, Balto. Co. collaborating on Cross Campus Drive improvements

Towson University is collaborating with Baltimore County on traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures on Cross Campus Drive, county officials announced Friday.

The $62,000 effort will install bumped-out curbs that narrow Cross Campus Drive and shorten pedestrians’ walks between the parking garage, officials said. The road alterations will also aim to slow vehicles on the street.

In a statement, Towson University Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty said Cross Campus Drive is “a busy thoroughfare with constant student and faculty traffic.”

Cross Campus Drive, which connects Osler Drive and York Road, is flanked by four student housing high rises, the university union, and a parking garage on the north side and the school’s Center for the Arts on the south side.

Metered parking is also allowed on both sides, which draws commuter students and their vehicles to the road and can create a dangerous mix of cars and pedestrians.

“This will benefit the whole campus, greatly enhancing safety for everyone,” Moriarty said.

County officials said in a news release that design for the Cross Campus Drive project was completed by the county, and will be paid for by Towson University.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz said in a statement: “This type of ‘town and gown’ partnership is a real win-win solution. Students will be safer, and this kind of collaboration saves money for the county taxpayers and the university.”

Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, said in a statement that the Cross Campus improvements, the new Osler Drive bridge that will be installed this month, and bike lane installations “will greatly advance our goal of a more walkable and mobile Towson.”

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