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IU Northwest invites campus community to INDOT meeting on Broadway traffic, pedestrian issue

Current and future safety measures to be discussed November 29


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Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications
981-4358
erikrose@iun.edu

Charles Sheid
Office of Marketing and Communications
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ccsheid@iun.edu

On Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9:30 a.m., Indiana University Northwest will welcome representatives from the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) to campus for an open session with students, faculty and staff to discuss current and future safety measures for the street crossing at 34th Avenue and Broadway (State Road 53). Members of the campus community are welcome to attend this session and ask questions about the issue.

The meeting will last one hour and will be held in the Anderson Library Conference Center Room 105A. Representatives from INDOT’s LaPorte office will be in attendance to discuss the agency’s recent safety improvements at 34th and Broadway, and to address questions about what other measures, if any, might be taken to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff who utilize the parking lots east of Broadway.

IU Northwest appreciates INDOT’s proactive partnership on this issue and its willingness to send representatives to campus to address questions about the Broadway crossing. Anyone who is interested in knowing more about this topic is encouraged to attend the open session on Tuesday, Nov. 29, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Anderson Library Conference Center.  

IU Northwest has partnered with INDOT to address the safety concerns posed by the busy crossing at 34th and Broadway. Discussions in early 2010 between INDOT and IU Northwest resulted in the following improvements being implemented by INDOT:

•         Installed and activated the two Light Emitting Diode (LED) signs at 34th Avenue and Broadway to help alert drivers to pedestrian crossings;

•         Striped a 12-foot pedestrian median on Broadway approximately 300 feet in between the intersections of 33rd and 35th Aves;

•         Restriped travel lanes between 33rd and 35th Aves.: 14-foot outside lanes and 12-foot inside passing lanes;

•         Restriped left turn lanes at 33rd and 35th Ave. intersections on Broadway;

•         Repainted existing crosswalks at 33rd and 35th Ave. intersections on Broadway;

•         Repainted pedestrian crosswalks at existing overhead sign and flashers (at 34th);

•         Replaced missing 30 MPH speed limit advisory signs.

IU Northwest has also worked on additional long-term solutions to enhance the safety of pedestrians crossing Broadway. The following actions have been taken by IU Northwest:

•         Erected a fence along the east side of Broadway (along the perimeter of the University’s parking lots) between 34th and 35th to help funnel people to the crosswalks

•         Enhanced patrol/enforcement along Broadway by IUNPD

•         Provided additional parking options with the creation of the Park and Ride lot and the RedHawk Shuttle located at the Village Shopping Center

Drivers are also an important factor in improving safety for pedestrians and other motorists. IUNPD is dedicated to making the IU Northwest campus as safe as possible and has increased police enforcement along Broadway. Individuals who exceed the speed limit on Broadway (30 MPH) are and will continue to be ticketed. IUNPD officers, separate from other local law enforcement patrolling the highway, have written more than 400 traffic tickets on Broadway since the start of this semester.

Traffic safety at IU Northwest is everybody’s responsibility. All motorists and pedestrians are encouraged to use caution when driving or walking along the streets adjacent to campus. Pedestrians are encouraged NOT to text or use cell phones while crossing the street, and they should only cross at designated locations in accordance with all traffic-control devices.

Finally, pedestrians should never assume that all traffic will stop at the yellow flashing LED lights at 34th and Broadway. Even after activating the lights, pedestrians should look both ways and make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they have been seen and that the vehicles in all lanes are stopping at the crosswalk.