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Attention UT Tyler Community: Pedestrian Crosswalk on Old Omen

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September 16, 2013

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
903.565.5769 or 903.539.7196 (cell)

September 16, 2013

In a continued effort to ensure the safety of the UT Tyler community, City of Tyler officials have installed a new pedestrian crosswalk located on Old Omen Road, Jesse Acosta, vice president for business affairs, announced.

This new crosswalk system replaces the previous one and will begin operation on Wednesday, Sept. 18. It features pedestrian push-button operation with flashing red lights that will turn steady red as well as a countdown signal to indicate pedestrian clearance times.

Once pedestrians activate the system with the push button, the sequence begins. They will be given the traditional ‘walk,’ ‘change’ and ‘don’t walk’ intervals with a countdown signal. These intervals will be indicated by a white symbol of a person walking, an orange flashing hand symbol and a steady orange hand symbol, respectively.

“Pedestrians should always take extra time to check traffic both ways prior to crossing the street, and drivers are urged to watch for pedestrian traffic,” said Mike Medders, UT Tyler police chief. "As a reminder, drivers are required to stop and remain stopped on a solid red light. Drivers must also stop on a flashing red light but may proceed when the crosswalk is clear of pedestrian traffic.”

Both city and campus police will be monitoring the area closely to ensure all applicable laws are being obeyed, Medders added.

For more information, contact Medders, 903.566.7060 or mmedders@uttyler.edu.

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