Traffic Fatalities on Coliseum, Pedestrians Ask for More Sidewalks

Published 03/31 2014 07:20PM

Updated 04/01 2014 08:56AM

A pedestrian is dead after attempting to cross Coliseum Blvd. over the weekend. The Allen County Coroner has identified the man as 58 year old Jamie Allen Frederick of Fort Wayne. Frederick is the second pedestrian that has been killed on Coliseum blvd this year and both cases have been ruled an accident.

In recent years INDOT invested about 11-million dollars to widen sections of Dupont rd. In that project sidewalks were built. After the fatal scene this weekend, parts of Coliseum are being considered for improvements as well.

 “We’re going to review the intersection and see maybe its as easy as putting a crosswalk on,” said Toni Mayo with INDOT.

 Highway 930 also known as Coliseum blvd stretches about nine miles through the city. Most of that length is not pedestrian friendly

 "There’s no crosswalks whatsoever and no sidewalks," said Russel Shaffer who walks along Coliseum everyday.

 Shaffer's only means of transportation are his two feet. Since he lives at a hotel on Coliseum, he's constantly crossing the roadway to get food and necessities.

 "INDOT does build sidewalks,” said Mayo. “We're very concerned with pedestrian safety and getting them off the roadway."

 Mayo says it takes many resources besides planning and funds to install sidewalks like moving utilities.

Sidewalks are expensive. However, pedestrians also need cross walks. INDOT says in order to establish a crosswalk, there must already be a sidewalk for people to step on.

"We will partner with a city or town and they will go through the permit process and we will work with them to the best of our ability to see what can be done," said Mayo.

 Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says a partnership with INDOT is a possibility.

 "There’s no question that there are a number of areas in Fort Wayne that would probably benefit from additional sidewalks," said Henry.

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