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Pedestrian safety raises a concern near Stephens College

City workers look to address pedestrian concerns near Columbia College. (Kyreon Lee/KRCG 13)

Within just a year, three students who attend Stephens College have been hit by a car in the crosswalk on Walnut Street between Old Highway 63 and College Avenue.

The Director of Security and Safety, Ken Hammond said the safety of the students is top priority.

"Several of our students, after the third person being struck, voiced some concern about safety, so myself and administration of the college approached the city administration," Hammond said.

Hammond said they spoke to the city about ways to make the crosswalk safer.

The conversation resulted in electronic crossing. There are two crosswalks in the area and the non-electronic one will be closed off.

Columbia Public Works engineering supervisor Jacob Ray said the city has been working with Stephens College regarding safety for a while.

"We're looking to adding some traffic calming, particularly a speed hump," Ray said.

Ray said it's case specific, but the hump could cost anywhere from $5,000 - $10,000 if it is to be added.

"It will help address the speed," Ray said.

Hammond said drivers don't realize the speed limit in the area is 20 miles per hour.

"Our goal is to make it a safe crossing for students," Hammond said.

Columbia Public Works will host an open-house style interested parties meeting concerning Walnut Street calming on August 8. The meeting is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 1A of City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.


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