Students attending Transylvania University for the fall semester will find it considerably safer to cross North Broadway near Fourth Street. According to a Transylvania news release, the university worked with the state Transportation Cabinet to improve campus safety through the addition of state-of-the-art technology and major renovations to campus grounds.
The North Broadway crosswalk between Third and Fourth streets has been equipped with rectangular rapid flashing beacons, which feature motion sensors that activate multiple flashing lights when pedestrians approach. The signals are designed to be especially helpful at dusk and night when motorists may have a difficult time seeing pedestrians.
Nathan French, a sophomore from Louisville, said “I think it’s is a good idea and will allow students to be safer, especially at night when walking back from the library.”
Also, the university is permanently closing a semicircular roadway and parking lot in front of the newly-renovated Carpenter Academic Center, formerly the Haupt Humanities building. Transylvania will install brick pavers in front of Carpenter to create a walkway, which will still provide access to campus for emergency vehicles.
The closure is part of the university’s master plan, which calls for the eventual elimination of surface lot parking within the main campus area bounded by North Broadway, West Third, North Upper and West Fourth streets.