Amsterdam Hall residents can now safely cross the block of H Street outside of the hall after two months of crossing in the middle of the street.
Officials added a crosswalk next to the GW Hillel construction site last week to boost pedestrian safety, University spokeswoman Crystal Nosal said. Nosal said officials worked with Prospera, the construction company working on Hillel’s building, and the District Department of Transportation to install the temporary crosswalk for pedestrians to use until construction ends, but many pedestrians continue to cross in other sections of the street.
“A number of pedestrians continue to use the south side of H Street, walking in the roadway along the construction fence, and not follow the signage directing east-bound pedestrians using the 23rd Street intersection to access the north side of H Street, which is fully open, which is unsafe,” she said in an email.
Amsterdam residents complained that they felt unsafe crossing the street last month because they couldn’t access the crosswalk on 22nd and H streets.
Sherry Leung, the area coordinator for Amsterdam Hall, emailed residents Friday telling them to use the new crosswalk and said that the area is now considered a pedestrian zone.
“The walkway was installed with the hope that they will have less pedestrians walking alongside the construction site, which can pose safety concerns,” Leung said in the email.
She added that GW Hillel construction workers will start working as early as 7 a.m. this week, in accordance with their District permits. Leung said students can pick up ear plugs in Amsterdam Hall’s lobby to block out construction noise.
“I have asked the crew to be mindful of their start times, as I know it can be jarring to suddenly wake up to the sound of loud drilling or construction work,” she said.