Several construction projects on streets leading to campus have been completed this summer and are designed to enhance pedestrian safety. The Main and University intersection reconstruction was completed and there are now lighted crosswalks at key intersections around campus. With these changes a few reminders are offered for pedestrians and motorists.
Main and University intersection
Traffic patterns have changed giving vehicular traffic the right of way for two phases of the lights with turns allowed. Pedestrians should not cross during these phases. On the third phase of lights, the walk sign will illuminate. During this phase all vehicle traffic will stop, turns will be prohibited, and pedestrians will have the right of way to cross in any direction including diagonally. Pedestrians should cross the intersection only when there is a walk signal. A pedestrian guide with instructions on how to walk through the Main and University intersection has been developed. Alternate routes for driving are also available.
The lighted crosswalks are on Main Street at Underhill, Institute and Glenwood and on University at Bradley Avenue. Press the crosswalk button and the walkway will illuminate. State law requires drivers to stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk, however, pedestrians should remain aware and cautious of traffic at all times.
Pedestrians are encouraged to use these new safety features and avoid jaywalking. In fact, state law requires pedestrians to obey traffic control devices and not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk. Violators may be subject to a fine.