Students will have a safer passage from their dorms to their classes as Translyvania University has updated the pedestrian crossing on North Broadway.
University spokesperson Megan Moloney said that many of Transy’s 1,000 students cross the busy Lexington thoroughfare several times a day.
The new set up adds a flashing beacon of neon lights to catch the attention of both pedestrians and drivers.
“What we’ve found is that is not only safer for pedestrians on campus but also in getting the attention of drivers coming up on it," she said.
Moloney says university officials have long had concerns about the crosswalk and worked with state and city officials to come up with a solution before the school year begins Sept. 4.
“This is something we have been wanting to do for address for a number of years and we worked with state transportation officials and the city of Lexington to come up with a solution that works for everyone,” she said.
Moloney said other alternatives that were considered and dismissed were building a tunnel or a bridge. Because North Broadway divides the residential and academic buildings on campus the students of Transy must cross the road several times a day. There have been pedestrian injuries over the years.