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The Question

I was wondering if it would be possible to build a bridge or a tunnel between the Medical School Teaching Facility (MSTF) and the BioPark?

The Answer

Since the beginning of the BioPark in 2003, pedestrian crossing of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (MLK) has been the subject of much discussion and study. In addition to weather, pedestrian safety is a major concern as traffic moves at high speeds and pedestrians must cross the street while cars are turning onto MLK.

A bridge over MLK has been considered but rejected for several reasons. Site constraints such as elevation changes, the loading dock for Pharmacy Hall, zero setbacks at MSTF, etc. make a bridge challenging and very costly. At this time, only a bridge that was accessible to the general public would be supported by the state. A public access bridge could not run between a UM building and a BioPark building because the buildings are not open to the public nor are they open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Thus, pedestrian crossing at MLK and Baltimore Street is being addressed by modifying traffic patterns. Within the next few months, MLK will be modified to provide northbound vehicles access to the BioPark and West Baltimore Street from Fremont Avenue. This should reduce the conflict between pedestrians and vehicles at Baltimore Street and MLK. Other intersection improvements that are being worked on include four-way exclusive stops for pedestrian crossing and restriping of the crosswalks.

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