Dawson College crosswalk to Alexis Nihon opens to public

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WATCH ABOVE: After years of waiting, Dawson College students finally have a crosswalk that connects the de Maisonneuve entrance to the Alexis Nihon mall. Global's Tim Sargeant reports – Sep 6, 2016

After years of waiting, pedestrians near Dawson College have finally gotten a crosswalk that connects the de Maisonneuve entrance to the Alexis Nihon mall.

The crossing, near Atwater Avenue in Westmount, is a hot spot for people cutting across the street between the CEGEP and the mall.

“I’m very impressed, it looks like it fits into the scenery. It looks like its been there for a while. I thought it would look more fresh and stuff,” Kinga Breining, who has been pushing for the crosswalk.

“I like that they put the little plastic signs in the middle so it forces drivers to slow down more.”

READ MORE: Dawson College to get much-awaited crosswalk on de Maisonneuve Boulevard

In the past, the City of Westmount had insisted people need to cross at the lights at either ends of the boulevard, at the corner of Atwater and Wood avenues.

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“The two doors are aligned perfectly and it’s human nature,” Donna Varrica, Dawson College’s communications co-ordinator, told Global News earlier in the year.

“The shortest way between two points is the way you are going to take.”

READ MORE: After 30 years, Westmount to install crosswalk between Dawson College, Alexis Nihon

Plans for the crosswalk were put in place last winter and Dawson civil technology students helped with the project.

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