Construction on South Campus has obstructed the path to the crosswalk on Manning Drive, prompting officials to set up a fence to encourage pedestrian safety.
But many students say the fence that is intended to reroute their path will not stop them from crossing Manning Drive where there is no crosswalk.
Within the next two days, a fence will be erected along Manning Drive, blocking access from Hinton James to the road, forcing pedestrians to take a different path.
The fence, which could be up for as long as six months, will run along the sidewalk from the stoplight at the intersection of Manning Drive and Skipper Bowles Drive down to Hinton James Drive, the driveway leading into the Hinton James parking lot.
The current fence begins at the intersection, travels along Manning Drive and stops at the temporary walkway leading from Hinton James to Manning Drive.
Larry Hicks, associate director for the Department of University Housing, said fencing is necessary because current fencing forces students to jaywalk across Manning Drive.
"As soon as you identify the (pedestrian) risk, you have to move - good, bad or indifferent - to minimize the risk," he said.
Hicks also said the new fencing would not be necessary if a new crosswalk were created, which the housing department requested.
But the N.C. Department of Transportation denied the request because of the close proximity to crosswalks located at the intersection.