But, recently, the city approved work orders for measures to enhance pedestrian safety. Gary Pence, a senior traffic engineer, says the city will install a high-visibility pedestrian crosswalk at 50th Street and University, likely within the next 30 days. The city will also close the eastbound left-tupocket, remove parking on the south side of the street and install warning signs and “PED XING” pavement markings.
“Basically, it’s a bunch of pedestrian enhancements,” he says. “I think it’s a great project. I look forward to making it safer out there for pedestrians.”
Traffic engineers spent the past year meeting with business owners, community groups and staffers of City Councilmember Marti Emerald to come up with a plan. They hope to also build curb improvements like “pop outs” -- bulging sections of sidewalk that cut crossing time -- but those cost more and the city needs funding for it, Pence says.