A walkway on the often overcrowded South Mission Street is becoming a cause of concern for students who use it to get to class.
Sitting across the street from Wendy’s, 1619 S. Mission St., the small walkway is a place for students and others to cross when a light is too inconvenient. People can often be seen there waiting for traffic to finally clear.
However, the sign marking this walkway has been hit more than once by passing cars, raising questions about the safety of the area for students and others, especially those living in the Western Islands Apartments nearby.
“It’s a little bit unsafe,” Holland senior Hunter Thompson said. “I mean, it gives directions for somebody to walk across, but there’s still going to be people who run across it and don’t look.”
Hunter said he believes there is a good chance of someone getting hit while crossing the walkway, especially given its position on such a busy street.
“I mean, it’s Mission Street,” Hunter said. “I watched somebody get t-boned yesterday.”
Hunter said he would like to see a better light installed near the walkway, which would notify the drivers to reduce their speed in that zone.
That idea sounded ideal to Vassar senior Zachary Aranyos.
“I wish they had some sort of stoplight there,” Aranyos said. “It would make it a lot nicer.”
Aranyos occasionally uses the walkway to get to restaurants on the other side of Mission, including Wendy’s and Qdoba Mexican Grill, 1529 S. Mission St. He said he is often discouraged from using the crosswalk due to the amount of time it takes to cross the street.
“It’s pretty hard to cross,” Aranyos said. “It takes, some days, I would say five, 10 minutes. No one really slows down.”
Any changes to the crosswalk would have to be made by the state, said Mount Pleasant Police Public Information Officer Jeff Thompson.
“Mission Street through the city is a state business loop for U.S. 127,” Thompson said. “(The state) is the only ones that can fix, repair or remove the thing.”
He said the state has installed similar walkways in other parts of Mount Pleasant.
Thompson said there are currently plans to demolish other walkways in the city on High and Washington Streets by 2015.