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Cross Campus Drive to improve safety

12 March 2014 By Jonathan Munshaw, Editor in Chief No Comments
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Crossing one of the busiest streets on campus will soon be easier and safer for pedestrians, after a collaboration was announced between the University and Baltimore County.

The University is spending $62,000 to install curbs that extend farther out on Cross Campus, which runs from York Road at the Administration Building to the intersection of Osler Drive at the Center for the Arts. The new curbs will make the distance pedestrians have to cross shorter, and it also aims to slow vehicles down that are driving on the road.

“Cross Campus is very busy with both pedestrians and cars and that improving the crosswalk should help improve campus safety,” Vice President for Student Affairs Deb Moriarty said in an email.

Students are crossing the street to get to or from the Administration Building, Glen Garage, the University Union and the Glen Complex but the street is lined with metered parking monitored by the county, which brings the majority of the traffic to the road.

The project is completely funded by the University, but county officials are the ones working on the new street design.

In a statement to The Baltimore Sun, County Councilman David Marks, who represents Towson, said this project and the pedestrian bridge over Osler Drive, expected to be open in time for the fall semester, “will greatly advance our goal of a more walkable and mobile Towson.”

There has been a history of car accidents on Cross Campus, most recently in February of 2013, when a 21-year-old student at Towson was struck by a car.

The student was in a motorized wheelchair, and was hit at the crosswalk between the University Union bus stop on Cross Campus and the steps leading up to the Center for the Arts.

At the time, 21-year-old Jherika Curry was charged with failure to stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

In October 2011, a female student was struck at the same crosswalk when she was headed toward the Union.

The pedestrian sustained minor and non-life threatening injuries in that incident.

And, in April 2006, Cross Campus was closed for a day after a car hit one of the concrete medians near the Union crosswalk and flipped. The person driving the car in that accident fled the scene. No one else was hurt in that crash.

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