New walkway, bridge provide safer travel for SLU students

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by Elizabeth Eisele/ KMOV.com

KMOV.com

Posted on August 25, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Updated Monday, Aug 26 at 6:22 AM

(KMOV.com) -- Dangerous sidewalks and roads near St. Louis University were finally repaired to help decrease the number of accidents happening to pedestrians and bike riders.

It took a donation and pushing for SLU President Biondi for the stretch of Grand Avenue to be fixed.

St. Louis City officials said Biondi feared something could happen to SLU students and that’s why they donated almost $75,000 to fund the majority of the project.

The project stretches six blocks of sidewalk connecting the Grand Bridge and MetroLink station to the SLU campus. It also provides a walkway over I-64 and Forest Park Parkway.

“It’s a dangerous road. I lived over here as a freshman,” said SLU student Conor Joyce, “It’ll be nice to walk around here without feeling like you’re going to get hit by a car.”

St. Louis City Streets Department said tens of thousands of people use the walkway each day.

This project was one of Biondi’s last projects as SLU President. His last day at SLU is August 31.

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