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 $410,995 Grant to Fund Pedestrian Walkways at SRU 



June 1, 2006

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine: 724-738-4854;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – In Slippery Rock University’s ongoing efforts to upgrade safety for students and visitors, the university has received a $610,995 federal grant to construct lighted pedestrian paths in the southeastern corner of campus and along Harmony Road.

  The upgrade means SRU students who live in apartments on Harmony Road will no longer have to walk on a road as they head to classes. The pathways will be eight foot wide and lighted, making them suitable for walking, jogging and bicycling.

The funding comes from the U.S. Transportation Hometown Streets and Safe Routes to School Program. President Robert Smith backed the project as a safety and aesthetic upgrade, since off campus apartments in the area house at least 500 SRU students.

 “SRU has set its sights on becoming a premier residential campus,” Smith said. “This is just another step in making the campus more attractive while at the same time increasing safety.”

The campus is currently constructing a $110-million, apartment-like residence hall replacement project that is expected to increase pedestrian traffic. A new pedestrian walkway linking the older part of campus to the eastern end has drawn praise for increasing campus aesthetics.

 The latest pedestrian path will be constructed on Harmony Road north between Kiester Road and Route 173 and along Kiester Road past SRU’s tennis courts. The Harmony Road pathway will extend from Branchton Road to Kiester Road, passing SRU’s Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, the Story Harbor Equestrian Center and the Women’s Soccer/Softball Complex.

Design begins this summer with construction scheduled for fall, said SRU’s John Bonando, assistant vice president for student services. “It’s all about safety,” he said. “Harmony Road is utilized by students for walking, jogging and bicycling. It’s a dangerous roadway because of the contour of land.”

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