No new safety measures planned for South Street

Campus SafetyNo further changes to safety measures along South Street will likely be seen for some time, according to Director of Campus Safety and South Street Task Force member John Schlaf.

He reported to the Student Life Committee that the City of Galesburg would like a full academic year to pass with the new safety measures in place before any decision is taken on whether more are required.

The most visible of these new measures are the repainted crosswalks and stop signs placed in the intersections along South Street. Others include an increase in the brightness of street lights along that stretch of roadway and a new sidewalk running adjacent to SMC.

These were put into place last year following the death of Knox Student Tundun Lawani ’14 last year after she was struck by a car driven by Lakeesha Smith, who has since pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and is awaiting sentencing.

Schlaf said that both drivers and pedestrians had done a good job adapting to the changes. He also mentioned that student feedback to the changes has generally been positive, a feeling that was echoed by Student Senate President senior Phil Bennett.

A major reason that no further action will be taken at the present time is that traffic flow along the street will likely continue to fluctuate as other routes in Galesburg see work done. Work on W. Main St. last year had increased traffic along South Street as drivers used it as a detour.

Construction is currently taking place along Seminary Street and more will take place on E. Main St. next year, both of which could change traffic patterns.

A small change that is still on the table for this year is the possibility of adding plants or another physical barrier in front of heavily trafficked illegal crossings, such as in front of Williston. According to Schlaf, no decision has yet been made in regard to that.

Matt Barry
Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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