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Tennessee street is set to get safety improvements

Tennessee construction plans almost finalized
Posted at 11:16 PM, Dec 05, 2012

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- Many of students at Florida State University risk their own safety crossing Tennessee Street. 

Tallahassee City Commissioner Gil Ziffer and others have noticed the problem.

Gil Ziffer says, "There are a couple of different places on Tennessee were we have had a history people getting hurt pedestrians."

Students say crossing the street without using crosswalks is like playing Russian Roulette.

"I live directly this way behind here, so every day multiple times I cross traffic it can be precarious and dangerous," says FSU Senior Tyler.

Another FSU student, Scott Muszynskic says, "It is like a battle because your are thrown into a meat grinder. You could go all the way down to the crosswalk but it is all the way down there."

The Florida Department of Transportation plans on putting in mid block crosswalks near Brevard and Copeland on Tennessee Street, similar to the one in midtown at Thomasville Road & Fifth Avenue. 

Gil Ziffer says, "There will be a safe zone where you can cross over in the median, where it is safe to stop and cross all the way over."

The Florida Department of Transporation says the construction project will cost around $3.5 million dollars.

Tennessee Street will also  be resurfaced from Ocala Road all the way over to Monroe.