The Wilberforce campus looks brand new with the near completion of a 1,400 foot sidewalk. The new pathway connects Bickett Road with State Route 42 and provides a safer way for student and staff foot traffic. Vehicles move quickly along Bickett Road and SR 42 which, historically, has been a major safety concern for the university and Xenia Township.
Wednesday, August 18th, President Pinkard cut a red ribbon at the new sidewalk, signaling a fresh, safe start for anyone who walks in the direction of the Speedway gas station/grocery and the Wilberforce post office branch at SR 42 and Brush Row Rd., which is a popular walking trail for Wilberforce students and employees.
“We are always concerned about the safety of our students. Constructing these new sidewalks means our students will have a clearly defined, protected walking path along N. Bickett Rd. and SR 42. We also want the local community to know the university is providing all measures to maintain a safe environment.” – William Woodson, COO, Wilberforce University
Guests at today’s unveiling included university administration, Mr. Wilberforce, Darnei Hairston, Ms. Junior, Kya Dukes, SGA president, LaDarryl Hardy, Xenia Mayor Sarah Mays, Xenia Township administrator, Alan Stock, Greene County commissioner Dick Gould, Mark Muhammad, CEO of Complete Solutions Contracting, the company that designed the sidewalk and poured and placed the concrete, and scores of staff members.
The cost of the 1,400 foot long, sidewalk work in progress is $39,920 with $5,000 being contributed by Xenia Township.