New urgency has been put on a long talked about pedestrian overpass over Summit Drive now that the province is helping TRU buy apartments in Upper College Heights.
The purchase extends the university’s boundaries across Summit Drive, a problem area near McGill where students are already jaywalking to get to campus.
TRU Vice-President of Administration and Finance Matt Milovick says, there are serious safety issues now and those will increase with more student housing in Upper College Heights.
“Well I think it lights a fire under the conversation. We have been talking to the city about this off and on really for the last six months. More intensively than we have over the last five years. From our perspective we have been having that conversation because we knew this was coming. We are going to have more students here. It is complimentary to the city’s transportation plan and their bicycle plan so we would like to see if happen sooner rather than later.”
As for a timeline to get the project built Milovick says, ideally it would have been done 10 years ago.