Here’s why the Drag is looking a little more colorful...

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One of the University of Texas at Austin’s busiest crosswalks is looking a little more colorful as of Wednesday.

Capital Metro tweeted early Wednesday morning that Guadalupe Street in front of the University Co-Op would be repainted.

What they did not mention is that it wouldn’t be painted white...

According to American-Statesman photographer Ralph Barrera, UT Design graduate student Joel Weber proposed the project after he envisioned a crosswalk painted to look like a Texas sunset.

READ: Reduce car lanes, add bus and bike lanes to Guadalupe

With the help of donations and a grant, Weber’s proposal was approved and made a reality. Crews from Accurate Street Stamping sealed colorful traffic strips onto the crosswalk between the West Mall and the Co-op.

Weber previously made headlines when he opted to forgo dorm life while attending UT and instead live in a tiny house he built himself.

Weber, who has hopes of going to graduate school for architecture, said it took 9 months of working with the city to get the job done.

See more pictures of the work in process here.

Correction: An earlier version of this story said Weber worked with the city for a month on this project. It took 9 months.

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