TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — Brandon Smith walks the busy trails at Clegg Memorial Gardens about once a week.
"You just kinda look both ways, do your best and sprint," Smith says.
He's talking about the crossing from the gravel parking lot to the entrance across the street, which is situated in the middle of two steep upward curves, giving oncoming drivers next-to-no visibility.
"Especially when I think about taking my kids out here, I'm always a little hesitant to do that because of the traffic," Smith says.
Officials are hoping to make that dangerous pedestrian crossing and popular park entrance a little bit safer. As News 18 previously reported, it's a problem officials have spent years trying to remedy, says Stewart Kline, executive director of the Tippecanoe County Highway Department.
"Over the years, if you're familiar with the area, there's been a lot of signs gone up. You know, 'Caution Ahead,' 'Crossing,' that kind of thing. And it's just lost in the wash."
But Kline hopes a new project will get drivers' attention. The county will pay Mishiana Contracting nearly $150,000 to add a crosswalk, and a pedestrian-activated rapid flasher beacon, as well as additional rapid flashers to the north and south of the crossing, to warn drivers the crosswalk is being used.
The crossing is located on curvy County Road 400 East. Meanwhile, Clegg is becoming an increasingly popular hiking spot. Kline says that's a recipe for disaster.
"There have never been, thank God, a pedestrian hit but it has been a concern and Clegg keeps growing and the pedestrian traffic keeps increasing," he says.
Until improvements are made, Smith has a piece of advice for pedestrians.
"You really have to use your ears to listen for traffic more than anything," he says.