Improvements for pedestrians made around Campus
Published: Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Updated: Friday, November 2, 2012 17:11
Located in the center of downtown Milwaukee, public safety is always a prime concern for MATC’s downtown campus.
Recently, MATC has made numerous improvements involving public safety.
“Traffic is the most important issue,” said Shari Olszweski, a public safety specialist at the downtown campus. “We keep crosswalks clearly identifiable and visible, as well as increasing public safety awareness for students and the community.”
One improvement public safety made was by adding timers to crosswalks all around campus.
The timers count down the amount of time there is before the light changes to red.
This benefits both pedestrians and drivers as they are able to make a better decision when approaching an intersection. They also try to keep the crosswalks very visible and easy for people to see, painting a crosswalk whenever needed.
Another concern public safety has addressed are the exits at the C building parking structure. Mirrors have been added to the exits making it much easier for drivers to see oncoming pedestrians.
One final way MATC public safety has addressed safety concerns is by adding a radar detector on Highland Avenue heading eastbound, in between the Eighth and Ninth Street intersections.
There has also been talk of future improvements being made around campus. One development would include a pedestrian crosswalk on Eighth Street. Another development would add mirrors to the Eighth and State Street parking garage.
One final development would involve the help of the Milwaukee Police Department. This plan includes adding crosswalk lights at the Highland crosswalk. The lights would be placed in the middle of the road at eye level, making it easy for both pedestrians and drivers to see. Olszewski said. “There, students can email their concerns, problems and give feedback.”