Crews have begun preparations for safety improvements at three crosswalks on Grand Boulevard between Laclede Avenue and Lindell Boulevard. The project is being done by Saint Louis University.
SLU vice president and chief operating officer, David Heimburger told News 4, "You know this is a safety need and something that will not only provide that but also enhance the beauty of the campus and provide more of a campus feel than what is out there currently."
The project calls for the elimination of one of the three northbound lanes on Grand, which will allow the remaining lanes and the median to be widened. Bollards will also be installed to protect pedestrians who are about to cross the street as well as those who might be standing in the median. The roadway where the crosswalk is, will be changed to a brick-like surface to enhance the look and remind drivers to slow down.
Crosswalks at Lindell and Laclede will also be enhanced for safety. Students we spoke with said the improvements are needed.
"I've seen multiple people run red lights here," said Molly Meer, a recent graduate.
Rachel Harper is also a recent graduate of SLU, she said, "This is like a no-brainer, I think it's a perfect idea."
The crosswalk improvements are part of a new Campus Master Plan. The work is scheduled to run through the summer and be finished in time for the start of the fall semester.