Pedestrian bridge aims to make U of M railroad crossing safe - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Pedestrian bridge aims to make U of M railroad crossing safe

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A dangerous crossing for University of Memphis students and staff may finally get fixed. 

There’s a plan taking shape to build a pedestrian bridge over the railroad tracks that run through the campus. The tracks have long been a hazard.

"You could get squashed," said U of M senior Kathryn Sappington.

She was glad to hear a solution appears to be in the works.

"I definitely think there needs to be a crosswalk,” said Sappington.  “More than the little bit of concrete they have there.”

The school has reportedly filed an application to close a portion of Echles Street, possibly setting in motion part of its master campus plan which includes a so-called "land bridge." 

It comes replete with a plaza joining the student union area north of Southern Avenue to facilities on the south side.

Students said crossings will likely see more traffic in the near future because of new apartments and plans for a major new rec center.

Employee Shelanda Gardner already crosses up to three times a day and said the obvious danger is not the only issue.

"Making it to work on time, and students making it to class on time,” said Gardner. “Sometimes
the train slows down and it stops, like, right here.”

U of M officials were not available for comment, but they previously stated student fees would pay for the pedestrian bridge.

The cost for the new recreation center alone is said to top $60 million.  It would connect with the main campus via the new bridge.

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