PULLMAN, Wash. – Thatuna Street on the WSU Pullman campus will be closed June 5-29, WSU Transportation Services announced. The revision will create a temporary pedestrian mall to improve safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, public transit, and vehicle traffic.

Currently, the intersection where Thatuna Street and C Street connect to Colorado Street is misaligned, causing line of sight issues for pedestrians, vehicles, and buses in the high-density College Hill residential area.

During the revision, the following changes will be in effect:

  • Thatuna Street from Linden Street to Colorado Street will be closed. Anchored bollards will be installed at the north and south ends of the closure to prohibit vehicle access.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be on the right side of Thatuna Street towards Colorado Street, with all vehicular traffic remaining on the left side, separating vehicles from pedestrians.
  • Pullman Transit routes will be slightly altered to accommodate the revision but will still service the Thatuna Street bus stop at the Chinook Student Center.
  • North bound traffic on Thatuna Street. will be diverted down Linden Street.
  • Access to the gravel Green 4 parking lot next to the Chinook Student Center will still be available via a temporary driveway.
  • Metered parking on Thatuna Street will not be available during the revision.

Before, during, and after the revision, WSU Transportation Services will be collecting vehicle and pedestrian data on overall volume and traffic flow patterns to try and gauge the effectiveness of the demonstration.

If the summer revision is successful, the demonstration may be replicated during the academic school year to test the concept with higher traffic volumes.

For questions regarding the Thatuna Project, please contact WSU Transportation Services at transportation@wsu.edu or 509-335-PARK (7275).

 

Media Contact:

Brent Atkinson, WSU Transportation Services, 509-335-4482, brent.atkinson@wsu.edu