The city of Pocatello and ISU are working on M.L.K Junior Way to make it safer for students.
ISU is leading by example. Construction is underway to improve a stretch of street. It will feature new bike lanes, wider sidewalks and striking landscaping.
“Well, I mean I will be here next semester, I’m just crossing my fingers that they get the main road here done before school starts because I ride the bus and stuff. So if they don’t have the buses up and running that will be bad,” said ChristopherBitikofer, I.S.U. student.
Other students are looking forward to the changes.
“I think it’s actually a very good idea, it’s kinda a pain a little bit as a student. Cause it takes away the ability to cross the road over here,” said Tyler Walker, I.S.U. student.
Not only will the street accommodate more walking space it will play a key part in water sanitation.
I.S.U. Science and Environmentalist Hannah Sanger can’t wait for the project to be completed.
“The big point is safety, we have had too many accidents, and retro fitting this space to make it safer. We want to make sure we take advantage of other opportunities and also create an environment where students want to walk and bike. Where we can make sure all of our storm water and runoff should it rain today, is cleaner,” said Sanger.
Crews say they hope to have the project completed by this September.
The Idaho Transportation Department has contributed $500,000 towards the construction.