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Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan

Bloomington’s mayor says Indiana University won’t have to foot the bill for road improvements alone.

As a committee of Bloomington city officials and Indiana University leaders prepares to release a report aimed at improving pedestrian safety on campus, Bloomington’s mayor says IU won’t have to foot the bill for improvements alone.

Since streets through campus are the city’s responsibility, it is responsible for painting crosswalks and installing signage warning both pedestrians and drivers of the other’s presence and right-of-way.  Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan said the city has the money to make some substantial improvements…

“We’ve got the funds to do it through our greenways funds, through various public works pools of resources,” Kruzan said.  “More costly would be any kind of signals — flashing yellows or any kind of electronic-related, hopefully solar-powered lighting.”

Kruzan said another idea which has been floated is that of installing larger, landscaped medians in the middle of some streets, both of offer some refuge from cars for pedestrians and to make it clearer to drivers that pedestrians may be present.

“I think the University and the city have an interest in not simply putting paint down,” he said.  “Landscaping has two effects: one is to protect pedestrians a bit better and make them more visible; make the crosswalk more visible.  And also, some aesthetic value.”

The committee addressing pedestrian safety faces an October 30th deadline to release its report on what fixes need to be made to campus roadways.

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