UNH Listens to Neighbors, Drops Mast Road Gate Proposal
Contact Lori Gula
Aug. 21, 2003
DURHAM, N.H. -- The University of New Hampshire will not proceed with
a proposal to automate a gate on Mast Road Extension following concerns
from residents in the area about increased traffic from UNH shuttle buses.
Several years ago, a metal gate was installed on Mast Road Extension
because of safety concerns. Mast Road is a town road with several private
residences. UNH had proposed automating the gate, allowing it to open
and close similar to a garage door, to provide access for campus shuttle
buses to pass through as part of a revised, more efficient campus bus
route. The buses would have been small, campus shuttles fueled by natural
However, after discussing the proposal with Mast Road Extension residents
and evaluating their concerns about the existing condition of the road,
the size of the vehicles, noise the vehicles would generate and other
impacts of the proposed changes, UNH has retracted its request to the
Town Council to automate the gate.
"We have had frank and open discussions with neighbors of Mast Road Extension, and as a result, we have chosen not to pursue this. We are very respectful of the issues raised by our neighbors and because UNH wants to be a good neighbor with the residents of Durham, we no longer plan to pursue this project," says Douglas Bencks, director of Campus Planning and University Architect.