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Road closure to occur on Sept. 4

STANFORD -- Automobile traffic heading onto the Stanford campus will be blocked or halted on Saturday, Sept. 4, in a legal step required periodically to maintain the private status of the university's roads.

Herb Fong, grounds manager, said that minor entrances to campus will be blocked off from 6 a.m. to noon with temporary barricades. Stanford employees will halt motorists at the major entrances, then grant them permission to enter.

This symbolic action must be taken every four years to show that the roads are privately controlled, Fong said.

Stanford has built 46 miles of roads and maintains them at an annual cost of about $600,000, Fong said. They are extensively used by the public, however. The latest campus traffic counts, done in 1986, show that 23,000 vehicles use Palm Drive each day, 22,000 vehicles use Galvez Street, 14,000 travel Campus Drive, 22,000 use Arboretum, and another 10,000 cars use Serra Street at the front of the Main Quadrangle.



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