Community members say ECU crosswalk is dangerous

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Community members and ECU employees are complaining that a crosswalk on campus is dangerous.

They say cars just aren’t stopping for pedestrians. The crosswalk sits at the intersection of 9th and Contanche Street in Greenville. A number of pedestrians use the crosswalk and only a handful of drivers actually yield like they’re supposed to.

ECU employee Carol Packard said, “It’s a little scary because you never know if they’re going to stop or not.”

“I feel like I’m putting myself in danger trying to come to work,” ECU employee Jennifer Tanner said.

Sam Summerlin works near ECU and said, “Nobody stops, we just have to wait until it clears up.”

It’s the same thing over and over again. When people cross at 9th and Cotanche drivers just don’t stop.

ECU student Allison Everette said, “Just because there’s a crosswalk there and a sign doesn’t mean they’re going to stop.”

For people who use this crosswalk frequently, they say the problem is getting worse. ECU employee Carol Packard says ever since her parking lot was moved due to construction she’s forced to use this crosswalk. Packard and her co-workers say it’s putting their lives in danger.

“Often cars will not stop even if you’re in the middle of the crosswalk, they’ll just keep going,” Packard said.

Tanner said, “You’ve got hundreds of ECU employees crossing here every day and sometimes we’re stuck in the middle and it’s just not safe.”

People say police occasionally patrol this area, but not enough to make a difference.

Packard said, “Maybe more police presence, it’s a problem in the morning, it’s a problem at lunch time, and especially in the evening, or if we could have a crossing light, that would really be helpful.”

“Maybe the city could even put some of their speed cushions here or something just to deter people from going so fast,” Tanner said.

Packard has reached out to both Greenville and ECU police. She says they told her they’re working on the problem.

A representative with the university tells me ECU police and the Greenville Police Department work to monitor this intersection. The university also wants to remind people if a pedestrian is waiting you are required to stop and let me them through.

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