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Crosswalk proposed to connect TEE Center and parking deck

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Some changes could be on the way for a downtown street. Back in January, commissioners did not approve a skywalk connecting the Augusta Convention Center and the Reynold's Street Parking Deck. But Tuesday night, Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson proposed A pedestrian crosswalk.

"We know that they will be entering on that side of the TEE Center, so we're at least making it legal for them to do it and to make sure that it's safe," said Mayor Pro Tem Corey Johnson.

The crosswalk, would include a handicap ramp and advanced warning signs, costing about $5,000; money already within the Traffic and Engineering Department's operating budget.

 "The more pedestrians that you have the safer that it is because they become more obvious and drivers get used to expecting them," said Steve Cassell, Assistant Director of Traffic Engineering.

It might not be busy on most days, but when a convention is in town, hundreds of people will cross Reynolds Street to get from the parking deck to the convention center. That's why some commissioners are taking every precaution to make sure our visitors are safe.

Many pedestrians who cross this block say they think the crosswalk is a good idea.

"I go to work and sometimes the traffic is so heavy that you have to wait," said one pedestrian.

Commissioners say pretty soon drivers who frequent Reynolds Street should watch out for the new crosswalk signals and signs as they continue to discuss this proposal.

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