Dangerous road to be made safer soon

Josh Pennell
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The City of St. John’s will meet with Memorial University employees today to discuss changes to two crosswalks on Westerland Road.

The short street runs between MUN and the Aquarena complex and has been the site of two vehicle-pedestrian accidents this month.

Students, faculty and staff held a demonstration on campus last year calling for increased lighting and reduced speed limits on campus following another accident that took place in the area.

Following Monday’s council meeting, Coun. Sandy Hickman said the city and MUN are working together to come up with a solution, and MUN has agreed to fund any changes that need to be made to increase safety in the area.

“We’re talking things such as better lighting and pedestrian activated crossing lights, possibly narrowing of the road, which would tend to calm the traffic somewhat, and other measures,” Hickman said.

There is a pedway between MUN and the Aquarena that’s not well used.

Whatever changes take place will be finalized by technical staff from both the city and university, Hickman said.

He added that both groups involved hope to

get started in the next couple of weeks so the changes will be complete by the start of the winter semester.


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