NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - There's a crosswalk at the intersection of Brambleton and Park Avenues for passengers to use to go to and from the Norfolk State University campus. But some students and passengers take a short cut across 6 lanes of traffic on Brambleton.
"During rush hour, I wouldn't advise it, but right now its a little bit better," said student John Williams.
"Sometimes, I do it at times," said student Jamal Savage. "It's just a quick way to get across the street."
90th District Delegate Algie T. Howell, Junior has a million dollars in state money set aside to build new stairs and an elevator on the opposite side of Brambleton and closer to campus.
"We got in touch with the staff in appropriations because it is a safety issue," he said. "It needs to be addressed, and that's how I was able to obtain the funds, because it's a safety issue. Its not worth somebody getting killed."
Hampton Roads Transit has operated the light rail for nearly two years and spokesperson Delores Gee said that "safety is very important."
"The stair tower that's on this side of Brambleton will be identically built on the other side of Brambleton so that students will be able to exit right on the side of campus," Gee said.
"That would be a better idea," said passenger Shawn Mason. "This street is way too busy for students to have to cross the street just to get to the light rail."
NSU President Dr. Tony Atwater issued this statement: "the NSU community thanks Delegate Howell for his leadership and diligence in securing the state funding for this important safety project. It will significantly promote pedestrian safety around the Brambleton HRT light rail station."
The $1.3 million dollar project is scheduled to begin in the fall and set for completion next spring.
Vermara Williams, an NSU student, said she always uses the crosswalk.
"It's safer. I value my life. It's safer," she said.
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