West Campus building projects create public safety challenges

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist JP HARRINGTON

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Posted on July 16, 2013 at 10:27 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 7:27 AM

AUSTIN -- The summer months are traditionally a time when building projects crank up in West Campus in an attempt to get ahead of the larger crowds expected in the fall and spring semesters.
 
Recently, dozens of students who live in the densely populated area have complained about all of the construction noise.
 
“They start construction at 7 a.m. and they work Saturdays and sometimes Sundays so it's just non-stop craziness,” said Alexa Haider, a UT student who lives in West Campus.

However, it’s less about the noise and more about public safety, which is now a concern among police. During the day countless dump trucks and dump trailers are squeezing down already congested streets getting to construction sites.
 
Most of the construction vehicles have audible beeping when the rig is backing up. The UT Police Department says there’s concern about the countless students who walk around West Campus with ear buds who may not be able to hear the warning beeps.
 
“That's a pretty common thing. Never really thought about any problems arising from it but I guess it could happen,” said A.J. Ramirez, a West Campus cyclist.
 
“Either make them louder or have little flashes when they're backing up so people will know that they're definitely coming,” suggested Stuart Reynolds, a UT student and West Campus resident.
 
A UTPD spokesperson is advising students to be more cautious and more aware of their surroundings.   

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