Students attending the nation’s first, private HBCU will soon walk safely from the campus on N. Bickett Rd. in Wilberforce to surrounding businesses.
Wilberforce University Makes its Safety Pledge Official
What: Ribbon cutting signals the beginning of a new sidewalk that will safely connect the Wilberforce campus from Bickett Rd. to State Route 42
When: Wednesday, August 18th, 10 am
Where: The university at Bickett Rd., across from the Wolfe Administration Building
Invitees include: University administration, Student leadership, Xenia Township trustees, Xenia City Manager Brett Merriman and Xenia Mayor Sarah Mays, Greene County commissioners
Here is the history of the new walkway:
Construction of a series of sidewalks from the university’s alumni multiplex on N. Bickett Rd. leading to State Route 42 began in July and will be finished before August 18th.
The direction leads to a Speedway gas station/grocery and a post office branch at SR 42 and Brush Row Rd., which is a popular walking trail for Wilberforce students and employees. That route is also a path for fast moving vehicles.
“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
The cost of the 1,400 foot long, sidewalk work in progress is $39,920 with $5,000 being contributed by Xenia Township.