University of Memphis Planning Improvements To Central Crosswalk

University of Memphis Planning Improvements To Central Crosswalk

Cross at your own risk. Students at the University of Memphis say the crosswalk on Central Avenue is an accident waiting to happen.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Cross at your own risk. Students at the University of Memphis say the crosswalk on Central Avenue is an accident waiting to happen.

Apparently the U of M feels the same way and they are doing something about it.

This crosswalk isn’t the most dangerous in the city. But it isn't the safest either.

Plans to make it safer have students feeling pretty good.

"I'm glad they're finally doing something," student Lydia Green said.

Green visits the University of Memphis several times a week. When she does she tries to park anywhere but on Central.

"It's definitely not safe. When I come with my son or daughter, I try to use another route. I definitely don't use that," Green said.

Student Peter Ngutu said drivers aren't the only ones who don't pay attention.

"Sometimes you may be coming out of class. You may not be thinking about I need to cross the road. You may be in a rush," Ngutu said.

The University of Memphis hopes to make Ngutu, Green, and other students feel more at ease when they're crossing the road on Central. They are planning to add a landscaped median, a new traffic signal, new fencing, and they're also installing new sidewalks.

Green says the changes have to be made because the current set-up is just not working.

"This is how it's always been and I don't think cars will stop unless there's a different procedure in place," Green said.
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