IUN Broadway crosswalk gains traffic signal
Post-Tribune Staff Report December 18, 2012 5:28PM
Updated: January 20, 2013 6:25AM
GARY — Officials hope a new traffic signal on Broadway at Indiana University Northwest will improve pedestrian safety.
The Indiana Department of Transportation planned to activate the light Wednesday. The light is located between 33rd and 35th avenues at a crosswalk that was restriped in 2010. IUN students park in a lot east of the university and cross Broadway en route to campus.
After a student was struck by a car in the crosswalk last year, INDOT agreed to a detailed study at the crossing. that led to the traffic light.
“We fast-tracked this new signal, making it operational before students return from winter break,” said Bob Alderman, deputy commissioner for the LaPorte District of INDOT.
Pedestrians should use the crosswalks at the new traffic signal, and avoid using handheld devices that may distract them, officials said.
“Indiana University Northwest welcomes the completion of this important project, which enhances pedestrian safety on Broadway for our students, employees and community visitors. We thank the Indiana Department of Transportation for being responsive to the need for additional traffic control at the 34th Avenue crosswalk,” said IUN Chancellor William Lowe.