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NMSU police block part of Payne Street to ease traffic woes

With the excitement and anxiety of a new academic year comes an unwanted visitor: traffic snarls. This was especially true this morning (Monday) by the Pan American Center, with traffic pouring in from University Avenue, Interstate 25 and Triviz Drive as faculty, staff and students made their way onto the New Mexico State University campus for the first day of classes.

, the NMSU Police Department has come up with a way to help ease the traffic burden: Have people drive a little farther.

The department has temporarily closed off Payne Street between Triviz Drive and Stewart Street along the eastern side of the Pan Am Center, said NMSU Police Chief Jaime Chavez. Instead of turning onto Payne, traffic will stay on Triviz, passing around the large parking lots on the eastern side of the campus to reach Stewart Street.

The street is expected to remain blocked for about a week.

With new construction on campus, Chavez said parking lots filled up quickly on Monday. This contributed to the slowdown of traffic flow as drivers who were unable to find parking in certain lots added to the main flow of traffic.

Parking lots on the adjacent Dona Ana Branch Community College campus also filled up quickly, Chavez said, and so did the new student parking lot that replaced the old tennis courts.

"Drivers should leave a little earlier and be patient with other drivers, especially those who are new to NMSU," Chavez said. He added that people could lessen their driving stresses by parking and utilizing the campus shuttle. The shuttle runs every 10 minutes between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday-Friday. Routes cover most main parts of campus, including the Horseshoe, Aggie Store, Activity Center and Dona Ana Branch Community College.