UM students demand safe alternative to US 1 crosswalks via petition

April 10, 2013 — University of Miami —

In response to the impasse on the University Metrorail Station Pedestrian Overpass project, University of Miami’s Student Government has collected more than 2,000 petition signatures aimed at the Coral Gables University Plaza Centre owners holding up the project.

A total of $6 million in federal and state funding has been allocated for the bridge’s construction, but a significant portion of the funding expires in June of this year. Miami-Dade County has offered the shopping center owners $1.8 million in exchange for five parking spaces needed for the project, but the owners are not cooperating.

While crossing US 1 in 2005, UM student Ashley Kelley was struck by a vehicle and ultimately died as a result of her injuries. To mark the eighth anniversary of her death, UM student leaders will gather on Friday, April 12 at 4 p.m. at the University Metrorail stop to ask the community to sign the petition. Specifically, the petition asks the plaza owners to reconsider their positions and allow the Ashley Kelly Memorial Bridge to be built. Kelly’s parents will attend the memorial.

“We hope this petition sends a clear message to the plaza owners,” said Bhumi Patel, UM junior and Student Government president. “We are invested in the safety of our students and our community. No dollar amount should ever be placed on a person’s life.”

In fact, since 1989, eight UM students have been struck by vehicles while crossing the US1 and Mariposa Court intersection, resulting in three deaths. The Ashley Kelly Memorial Bridge was officially proposed at this intersection in 2006, and the project has been approved by both the City of Coral Gables and Miami-Dade County.

UM Student Government and the UM community encourages concerned residents to join the student body and support the Ashley Kelly Memorial Bridge. View and sign the petition here.


Mike Piacentino
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Memorial and Press Conference
Friday, April 12
4 p.m.
University Metrorail Station