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Crosswalk signals are dark in Alexandria

Who's responsible: City of Alexandria
Number of votes to fix: 1

There are a set of brand new crosswalk signals near the corner of Mount Vernon and Commonwealth avenues in Alexandria, but there's one small problem: They're not turned on.

"As a walkable community, we need working pedestrian crosswalks so people know when it is safe to cross the street," wrote griper Katie.

A case of not having enough money to keep the lights on? Not exactly. More like a case of not having enough money to turn them on in the first place.

The crosswalk signals are an "enhancement" that were put in place as part of the Triangle Properties Development nearby, said Anthony Castrilli, director of communications for Alexandria. There was enough funding to install the signals, but money ran out before wiring could be completed, since the city's budget is tight. The project got a fresh infusion of cash with the start of the new fiscal year on July 1. Castrili said work will resume on the signals next week and they should be working by mid-August.

"We're doing our best to get it going," Castrilli said.

By Washington Post Editors  |  July 18, 2010; 6:01 PM ET
Categories:  Unfixed , Virginia  
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