Intersection of Aycock, Walker the ‘most dangerous in city for pedestrians’

GREENSBORO, N.C. — City transportation planners have identified the intersection of Aycock Street and Walker Avenue as the most dangerous intersection for pedestrians in Greensboro.

FOX8 talked to students who weren’t surprised at the designation.

“This is how I walk to and from school and people drive through here like a bat out of a cave,” insisted UNCG junior Catherine Naradzay.

Graduate student Matt Whittstein said the area is confusing for pedestrians and drivers.

“I know two people that have been hit by cars at this intersection,” he said. “One of them had to leave school for a little while to get treatment. The other one I think is a professor.”

Craig McKinney with the Greensboro Department of Transportation is heading up improvements for the intersection. The construction project will start in about a year and will cost around $200,00.

Federal funds will pay for 80 percent of the project and the city will cover the remaining costs.

“We will be rebuilding the wheelchair ramps at the intersection,” McKinney explained. “That would thus shorten the crossing distance that people are currently experiencing.”

They will also vamp up traffic signals and add more pedestrian crossing lights.

“I certainly hope that it will make a definite improvement in that area,” said McKinney.