Nighthawks Way opened Monday, Oct. 8, on the University of North Georgia campus in Oakwood, a couple months ahead of schedule.
The road, named after the school mascot and formerly referred to as Loop Road, runs from Mundy Mill Road to Facilities Drive, an on-campus road that leads to the public safety building and plant operations.
The road is intended “to help traffic flow on and off the campus and improve student safety,” said Bill Moody, the campus’ facilities and operations director, in an earlier interview. “In prior years, it has taken 30 minutes to get off campus at peak times.”
Mundy Mill motorists can only turn right onto Nighthawks Way, and Nighthawks Way motorists can only turn right onto Mundy Mill.
The $1.3 million road, traveling behind the Hugh Mills Physical Education Center and Martha T. Nesbitt Academic Building, doesn’t have pedestrian crossings. It comes out at the parking deck off Facilities Drive.
The main roads students now use to drive around campus are Mathis Drive, Campus Drive and Landrum Education Drive, traveling onto campus primarily from Mundy Mill Road and Thurmon Tanner Parkway.
The road’s construction also “illustrates the growth UNG is experiencing, especially as we start planning for the acquisition of the Lanier Tech campus,” said Richard Oates, vice president of the Oakwood campus.
Lanier Tech, now off Landrum Education Drive, plans to open a new campus off Ga. 365 at Howard Road in 2019.