‘I’m glad that it happened now, but it should have been done earlier,’ store owner says about new crosswalk on Nicholson Dr.

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Saloni Barakh owns a convenience store near Tigerland. She says she is often terrified when she sees people crossing the street to go to the bars.

“My husband and I we are mostly out here telling the kids to be careful,” she said.

This is because before today, an intersection along Nicholson Dr. didn’t have a crosswalk or a street light.

“We definitely need more street lights. It’s only our store lights which covers this area right now,” Barakh said.

The high demand for pedestrian safety comes after an LSU student was hit and killed by a car while leaving the area back in July.

“We are aware of the incident that took place and it’s sad that that had to take place. The city of Baton Rouge is taking its steps to try to at least help eliminate the immediate problem right now,” Fred Raifor, the Baton Rouge Director of Transportation, said.

City leaders say they are hopeful the new additions will make people feel safer.

Barakh says now that the lights and crosswalk have been added, she thinks it’ll prevent another accident from happening.

“I think they have done a wonderful job by doing this because of the safety of the kids who have to cross every evening on Fridays and Saturday’s,” Barakh said.

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