GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY -

A 20-year plan for East Carolina University has shut down a main road for good. That closure, however, came at a surprise for many.

Part of Founders Road, the main and only road running through campus, is closed. ECU is tearing out the roadway and a parking lot that was mainly used by faculty members. In place, ECU officials said they are creating a “green space, landscaping and a 20-foot-wide, permeable-use path.” They said the project is necessary in order to create a safer walkway and bicycle path for moving around campus.

People can still drive into ECU from 5th and 10th Streets; however, people will no longer be able to drive through campus.

“I have no idea what is going on here,” said East Carolina University Senior Mark Brown, after seeing the new construction on campus. Another ECU senior, Nick Jensen, said the area is “already hard to get through especially through rush hour. You can't even walk through here.”

Project Manager Michael Talton said he hopes the area will feel similar to the mall area on campus. Once the project finishes, only emergency vehicles will be able to drive through.