In a collaborative effort with the city of Ann Arbor, the University is relocating the crosswalk outside the LSA building on South State Street to a location just north of the Union. Construction on the roughly $20,000 project began Saturday, Oct. 25 and is set to be completed today.

When the University of Michigan Museum of Art added the Maxine and Stuart Frankel and the Frankel Family Wing in 2009, University planners saw an opportunity to simplify the area’s crosswalk system and improve the connection between the east and west sides of State Street.

The current relocation of the State Street crosswalk coincides with next fall’s reopening of West Quad, which is closed for renovations this year, and the grand opening of Munger Graduate Residence Hall. A University analysis showed that the new location of the crosswalk would better meet the demands of a greater flow of students coming from these residences.

In addition to convenience, the relocation project has additional aims.

“We think it’s going to improve pedestrian safety,” University Planner Sue Gott said in an interview with The Michigan Daily.

Recent changes to the University’s use of the LSA Building have resulted in fewer students using the current crosswalk between the LSA Building and Angell Hall. As a result, Gott said drivers became less likely to honor the crosswalk, creating a danger for the fewer number of students who still make use of it.

In its new location, Gott expects the crosswalk will become a main artery of east-west movement and present a safer route for pedestrians.

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