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By Keli Hall
CCC Journalism Program

BLACKWOOD – Four semesters after construction on the Camden County College parking lot, students still face issues when arriving and departing from class.

Parking spaces exist on the Blackwood campus and in a lot across the street from it. By Keli Hall, CCC Journalism Program

Parking spaces exist on the Blackwood campus and in a lot across the street from it. By Keli Hall, CCC Journalism Program

Some students are familiar with the previous design. It contained less space near buildings such as CIM and Madison, more entrances, and temporary parking on marked grass areas, while campus security directed traffic between classes. The new design allows drivers to be directed around the perimeter of the campus. Parallel parking is provided, as well as a vacant lot across from the college. Although the new design creates more options for students, it still draws several complaints.

“Everyone is in a rush to get to class or leave for work, which can take up to 15 minutes to finally leave the parking lot,” says Nicole Scarduzio, a CCC alumna. Scarduzio says she was almost hit a several times by oncoming traffic that was departing from campus. “They don’t look or realize pedestrians have the right of way,” Scarduzio says. “There is a huge yellow sign with flashing lights to give students a clue to slow down, yet they still don’t get the hint to yield. They don’t look within the parking lot, either.”

Some students say more improvement is needed. “There is an unnecessary amount of yellow parking spaces for faculty. There are always a good 30 spaces unused no matter what time of day,” says Richard Castaro, a CCC physical education major.

The Public Safety Department suggests that students arrive early to allow themselves time to find parking and urges them to obey all traffic signs and regulations.

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