Last April, over 5,000 Texas A&M students received their Aggie Ring, a supposed ticket to post-graduation success. The next Aggie Ring Day is this Friday, September 16, and is expected to bring more students and family members than ever before. Due to this sacred event, College Station will roughly double in size for the weekend, and the expected influx of people has forced officials to rethink crowd control. In response, authorities have decided to shut down George Bush Drive and Texas Avenue on Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th.
“As studies show, traffic on these main roads is unmanageable on the Ring Day. We believe closing down these often-congested areas will be the best course of action, because then the issue becomes nonexistent,” said Bryan-College Station Traffic Engineer, Ron Pasternak, who earned his prestigious degree from the University of Texas.
By limiting the roads available for transportation, the increase in cars and people will be consolidated to only a few select areas in town, which should mitigate the traffic jams around campus caused by the celebratory weekend. George Bush Drive was deliberately chosen for closure because it is considered the perfect photo opportunity space. After being presented their rings, students and families will be encouraged to make their way to anywhere outside the Association of Former Students Building and the nearby streets, because the building can no longer physically hold the crowds.
Along with road closures, Aggie Spirit buses will not be running. By removing these nuisances, more visitors will be able to attend the festivities, as there will be more space on the roads. “I have always thought the buses were a huge waste of the University’s resources. Most people live close enough to campus to walk anyway,” said Alan Watts, a senior Philosophy major.
If you or your loved ones are planning on moving around town or trying to get to the grocery store, it is advised to handle all business before the closures.
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