Northgate construction to begin, will help improve safety

POSTED: Friday, February 3, 2012 - 2:58pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- It's been almost a week since two College Station pedestrians were hit and injured in the Northgate District.

And this isn't the first time something like this has happened but a multi-million dollar project is in the works to keep people on the streets safer.

Texas A&M student, Caroline Stasiowski, lives in the Northgate District so she walks down College Main every day to get to class and knows just how congested the area can get.

"When you're walking, I mean, you have all these people trying to turn right and they don't necessarily see you," said Stasiowski. "They'll see a red light and see no one coming so they'll just turn right in front of where you're trying to walk so it gets pretty ugly."

And that's what happened this past Saturday when two people stepped off the sidewalk and got hit by a truck.

So Bob Colwell with TxDot says this project couldn't be happening at a better time.

"Anyone that goes down in that area knows that it's very congested with pedestrians and traffic and motorists and so what we're trying to do is provide a safe barrier for pedestrian traffic that goes through there not only for them but for motorists as well."

TxDot plans to widen the sidewalk, add a sidewalk railing along University Drive and shut down College Main to through traffic.

Colwell said, "We believe that this end project, when we have a rail up there that divides both the travel lanes and where the people can walk it will make it safer."

And bicyclist Deseri Nally agrees.

"I can definitely see how it would be an issue and closing off some of these roads is inconvenient but it could offer a lot more safety and a lot more potential for businesses and pedestrians."

Weather permitting, Colwell says construction on the sidewalks should start in March with the final project done by this summer.

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