Council approves participation in pedestrian safety study

Erica Tait (Source: KAIT-TV)
Erica Tait (Source: KAIT-TV)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro City Council approved the city's participation in a study to increase pedestrian safety.

It's called the STEP Innovation Study, and it stands for Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian.

The two specific areas that will be targeted are North Church Street between Lewellen Park and Parker Park and Johnson Avenue.

A consultant will study pedestrian and motorist activity in those two corridors and recommend either additional temporary or permanent safety measures.

But Northeast Arkansas Regional Transportation Planning Commission Director Erica Tait said they are hoping for something special on Johnson Avenue.

"We want to do a temporary pedestrian refuge island and study the effects of that, whether pedestrians use it, are they scared to try to cross even with the refuge island and lights there, do motorists pay attention to it, are they aware of it," Tait said. "So essentially how pedestrians and motorists respond to the temporary installation would be the study on Johnson Avenue."

But since Johnson Avenue is a state highway, that special request must be permitted by the Arkansas Department of Transportation.

Tait said they will submit that request next week and then it's up to ARDOT on how quickly they'll get a response.

Tait hopes they can move forward with the temporary installation by late summer.

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