USM to install fence along Hardy Street in Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A new addition to a major Hattiesburg thoroughfare is in the works.

The University of Southern Mississippi is planning to install a fence along the edge of the campus bordering Hardy Street.

The brick and wrought iron fence will make for a prettier, picture but university officials say it is primarily a safety measure, an effort to channel students toward designated crosswalks.

A University official said the project is not in reaction to any specific incident, but a precautionary measure - to avoid accidents in the future. Currently, students can often be seen crossing from campus across the street to local businesses and restaurants, not using crosswalks, but walking briskly across non-designated crossings to beat oncoming traffic.

Still in the development stages, the tentative plan would have the fence built by December.

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