Sunday, January 20, 2008

Union Building Pedestrian Death Trap


Here's a shot, courtesy of Morgan, that shows very graphically the danger of exiting the Union Building onto Kanawha Boulevard. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, the Union Building is the only building that was left on the South side of the boulevard when it was revamped in the mid 1900s. The boulevard curves around the Union Building and sits way too close to the entrance. The speed limit on the boulevard is 40 MPH but cars frequently go much faster. The car in this picture is actually in the left lane of traffic, so you can imagine how it looks when one zips by in the right lane. I'm not sure how many car vs. pedestrian incidents there have been here over the years, but it's not surprising that they happen.

7 comments:

Dave said...

i've always thought the same. the sidewalk seems so narrow.
has there ever been a pedestrian/vehicle collision? i'm quite shocked I havent heard of nay

Jay said...

I kind of like it. There should be some kind of daily danger in our lives.

Anonymous said...

I actually looked at renting an office there once and that was a primary reason I decided against it. (the upper floors have an awesome view and it's really cheap)

Not only is the bottom of the stairs about 3 feet from the traffic lane, but the way the Boulevard curves there causes eastbound cars to be very far to the right as they pass. you could literally stumble one step and get hit. Also, because that light is green a very long time for the Boulevard many pedestrians decide to cross 4 lanes against the light.

Larry said...

This guy can't even take an in-focus picture in broad daylight.

Charles said...

Larry, I think he kinda meant to make it look like that.

Phillip said...

So you are sure that car vs pedestrian accidents have happened here before? Or are we just going on the assumption that chances are someone has stumbled and been hit.

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