EVANSVILLE, In. (WEHT) — On Thursday, officials voted on a a big step towards a safer and more pedestrian-friendly intersection at Washington Avenue and US 41.

Officials approved an overpass project for the eight lane road, which has long been a concern within the community.

While crossing guards are on duty here each school day, the intersection is a concern for pedestrian safety in general.

Thursday, the Board of Public Works unanimously approved that bridge project.

Several pushes have been made for the construction of an overpass there, including by community leaders and student activists at Bosse.

Last year, Reverend William Payne started a petition to have that overpass built near Bosse High School.

The cost estimate on the project by INDOT sits at about $5 million.

In the agreement, the city will pay INDOT for 20% of the project. The city’s bill is not to exceed $998,800.

The rest of the funding is supposed to come from state or federal money.

The project is estimated for the 20-23 project year.

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 13, 2020)