Students have enough on their plates with adjusting to the new semester system, the new logo, dealing with possible financial matters and life in general.
Now, they can add the possibility of shredded tires to the list.
The road near M lot by the beef unit and across Horse Hill Lane is riddled with bumps and cracks that are a danger to commuters trying to get to class each day.
One pothole was outlined in neon pink to warn incoming cars, but a student who’s late to class and rushing might not see it until it’s too late. South University Drive acts as a gateway to students commuting from West Temple Avenue.
Of course, there is the option to continue driving along West Temple Avenue and turn on South Campus Drive to gain entry instead, but students shouldn’t have to circle around the entire campus just to avoid shoddy roads. If people have classes in buildings 2, 4 or 7 and wanted to park in M lot or J lot, then they shouldn’t have to drive all the way around campus to do it.
The school might be 80 years old, but the roads sure don’t have to look like it.
All shuttles take South University Drive as well.
An accident along the winding bends and curves would be detrimental to all passengers and cause an immense amount of traffic for commuters.
It’s a high traffic area that shouldn’t be a risk for people to drive on.
New tires are costly, and students might have trouble fitting them into their budget.
It’s an added potential financial burden that shouldn’t exist in the first place.
Cal Poly Pomona is one of the best schools in the West, but we still can’t fix potholes and cracks in the streets.
Students pay about $7,000 for in-state tuition and about $18,000 for out-of-state tuition, and with an average of 25,000 students. It’s a lot of money.
It’s not that all the roads are decrepit or that the school is old and rundown.
It’s just the particular section of road leading up to the entrance to M lot that needs some tender love and care.
Access was denied when trying to look up the 2017/18 General Operating Fund Budget Summary on the CPP website.
However, I figured if officials could spend $150,000 on a new logo and rebranding, they could spare some change to fix the roads. CPP has long held the status of a commuter school.
The least school officials can do is make the commute a little safer by ensuring the roads are safe for tires.
Roads don’t have to be patched to look brand new with a fresh coat of paint, but some tar or asphalt to fill the cracks would be much appreciated.
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