April 26, 27: WSU pedestrian malls closed to through traffic

PULLMAN, Wash. – All auto traffic except emergency vehicles will be prohibited on Terrell Mall and parts of Library Mall during a series of trials intended to increase pedestrian safety at Washington State University.

“The areas we are closing are used by hundreds, if not thousands, of pedestrians daily, especially at class change times,” said Steve Hansen, assistant director of public safety and a member of the pedestrian mall work group.

The times and dates of the first trial closures are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26 and 27. All vehicles except emergency services will be prohibited during this time.

WSU Transportation Services has been working closely with local police and fire departments to ensure that emergency vehicles will continue to have access to all parts of the pedestrian malls.

“Our goal is to create safety awareness and to achieve a high level of vehicle compliance on our malls in a resilient and sustainable way,” said Chris Boyan, assistant director of WSU Transportation Services and co-chair of the work group.

The pedestrian mall work group was formed this year to review and make recommendations to improve safety and access.

Development of pedestrian malls on the WSU Pullman campus began circa 1970 with Glenn Terrell Mall. As more pedestrian malls have been added to the central campus, the effort has continued to give priority to pedestrians.


Chris Boyan, WSU Transportation Services, 509-335-2950, boyanc@wsu.edu