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GU pedestrian island work may slow Hamilton traffic

THURSDAY, AUG. 18, 2011, 10:49 A.M.

Traffic delays are possible today where a new pedestrian island is being installed to protect Gonzaga University students and staff crossing Hamilton Street.

The project at Desmet Avenue will reduce traffic from one lane in each direction today and Friday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The project is being funded jointly by GU and the city and involves installation of a concrete island with pedestrian-activated flasher beacons.

During the regular school year, the hazardous crossing is frequently used by students going to and from housing to the east of the university.

Also, Mission Avenue at Washington Street on Friday will be closed to eastbound traffic with westbound traffic limited to one lane for work on a storm sewer.

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