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Walker: Crosswalk signal turning too quickly

Who's responsible: Montgomery County Department of Transportation
Number of votes to fix: 1

Sixteenth Street at East West Highway is a busy, busy intersection. It's not particularly one you would want to cross without a properly functioning crosswalk signal. Griper Stacie West wrote that the problem is not the lack of a signal, but one that flips from "WALK" to "DON'T WALK" too quickly, while some walkers are still in the middle of the road.

West wrote this particularly dangerous for slower pedestrians, since cars regularly turn onto 16th Street from East West Highway.

"I personally have had cars turn so close to me while the walk signal is illuminated as to be close enough for me to touch without so much as a pivot," West wrote.

Montgomery County traffic officials had a different take on the crosswalk signal: It's actually working properly.

"The "WALK" signal is on only long enough to get the pedestrian off the curb," an official with the county's Transportation Management Center wrote. "The flashing "DON'T WALK" signal is the indication and [is timed to] get the pedestrian from one side of the intersection to the other side of the intersection. Basically curb to curb."

Do other pedestrians feel there are problems with the crosswalk at this intersection? Let us know in the comments below.

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 1, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland , Unfixed  
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