Downtown Bowie crosswalk gets ‘beefed up’

A downtown Bowie pedestrian crosswalk has been beefed up by the Texas Department of Transportation, and drivers are urged to be aware of and adhere to it.

The crosswalk is located at the intersection of Tarrant Street and State Highway 59.

Bowie Police Chief Guy Green said they have been working with Main Street Bowie and TxDOT to find ways to improve the safety of this area.

With new businesses going in on that block there have been concerns about pedestrian safety. Main Street officials also have concerns about foot traffic during events.

Shannon Skiles, Main Street manager, said she is thrilled to have the crosswalk improved and expanded thanks to the efforts of TxDOT and Chief Green.

“The crosswalk will insure great walkability downtown and improve the safety of pedestrians shopping, dining or attending special events,” said Skiles.

State law states the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a crosswalk if there is no traffic control signal in place.

The chief reports drivers who violate this law may be cited with a traffic ticket for a Class C misdemeanor, which could have a fine up to $500.

“Main Street has concerns as its festivals expand and as businesses open to create a safe environment for pedestrians,” said the chief. “If people feel safe, hopefully it will develop even more foot traffic for this area.”