An ongoing city investigation will determine if a pedestrian crossing signal will need to be put in place at the intersection of Bellaire and Stadium Drives.
“The city is studying it to see how many kids are walking across there to see if it constitutes the signal at all,” said Sgt. Michael Hanvey of the TCU Police Department.
He said that the city investigation began in the fall and will likely be a yearlong project.
“They have to figure out what they’re going to do and then it would take another city council [meeting] to allocate the funds,” Hanvey said.
The new residence halls, Pamela and Edward Clark Hall and Marion Hall, hold 398 students. As a result of this addition, there has been an influx of pedestrian traffic to the intersection at Bellaire and Stadium Drives.
A third hall, which should be completed this fall, will house another 163 students, adding more foot traffic to the area.
For now, TCU police are urging students to pay attention to traffic and cross the intersection properly.
People cross the intersection diagonally, do not pay attention to cars and cross the streets while looking at their phones, Lt. Ramiro Abad of the TCU Police Department said.
Abad said drivers are also making making the intersection unsafe.
“People are trying to jet across because they are running late for this and that. People don’t like to wait. Just slow down,” Abad said.
Students Sierra Sprague and Andrew Beasley said that drivers do not always follow the rules at that intersection.
Sprague, a junior elementary education major, said, “People feel like if they’ve waited five seconds they can go even if it’s not their turn.”
Beasley, a junior applied geoscience major, said, “People get a little lackadaisical when stopping and paying attention to proper four-way stopping.”
Both students said they felt that a crossing signal wouldn’t help.
“I feel like people probably wouldn’t pay attention to it anyways, pedestrians and drivers,” Beasley said. “A lot of times people will just dart out into the intersection without even looking anyways, so I don’t think a sign telling them when they couldn’t go would help.”
Hanvey said there are alternatives to a stoplight. He said a walkway could be built going over the intersection. He noted that Baylor University built a walkway underneath the street, and the City of Arlington built Cooper Street below the crosswalk.
Hanvey said that crossing signals would fix the problem if everyone would obey them.
Both officers suggested that students and drivers use caution and develop patience.
“We can always replace material things, but you can’t replace a life,” Abad said.