Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Firm plans public meeting for Main and University ‘improvements’ ... that really won't improve anything at all

I can count on ONE HAND the number of years that have passed since the last time the city “fixed” the intersection. But we are looking at another big project. Indeed, there was a water main break there a couple of months ago, so NATURALLY there were calls to make it safer for pedestrians. Somehow, the idea that Bradley student pedestrians should pull their cell phones from their ears and WATCH WHERE THEY WERE GOING was never considered.
They can make the intersection a roundabout, make it an “S curve,” build a pedestrian bridge, whatever, the pedestrians will still be at risk if their BEHAVIOR DOESN’T CHANGE.
Oh, and here’s something else the powers-that-be ought to do: Stop letting fraternities and/or firefighters collect money by walking into traffic and beg from drivers while their are stopped at the lights. The fact that the city GIVES PERMISSION FOR THIS TO HAPPEN and STILL CITES PEDESTRIAN SAFETY as the reason for wanting to do millions of dollars in “repairs” to the intersection baffles the mind.

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