Safety improvements coming to Mpls. intersection of deadly hit-and-run

Less than a month after a hit-and-run driver took the life of 74-year-old Barbara Mahigel, safety improvements at 43rd and Nicollet in south Minneapolis are on the way.

City Council member Elizabeth Glidden announced on Facebook Friday that pedestrian bumpers intended to shorten the walk across the intersection will be added in early January.

Mahigel was killed walking to Revival, an area restaurant, with her husband for their anniversary dinner in November. Since then, many in south Minneapolis have raised concerns about the intersection.

“This is one of hundreds of pedestrian crosswalks that I think deserves pedestrian infrastructure,” said Molly Sullivan with the Minneapolis Bicycle Coalition.

Glidden also said in her Friday post that Minneapolis Public Works is looking at possibly adding a pedestrian island where people can stop midway across the street.

Minneapolis Police are still searching for the driver who hit and killed Barbara Mahigel.