Jacksonville Crosswalk Study

The Department of Transportation says its gathering research and hopes to take a plan to Raleigh by late this year regarding the issue of few crosswalks in Jacksonville.

Eight people have died on Jacksonville roads in the past three years either trying to cross or ride their bikes across busy roadways where there are no crosswalks. The latest was 16 year-old Talissa Hatchell who tried crossing Western Boulevard in February.

Jacksonville city manager Kristoff Bauer says he understands the need for crosswalks in the city, but says putting in crosswalks isn't as easy as slapping down a couple of lines of paint on the road and putting up a few signals...especially on Western Boulevard. Bauer says, "You have seven lanes of traffic, left turn, right turn etc, if you are adding a pedestrian lane you have to add additional controls, you have to give people time to cross or have pedestrian refuge in middle. It requires another right of way. Bauer also says it would cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Joe Chance, deputy traffic engineer with the DOT, says they're currently working to determine if enough pedestrians cross certain locations to warrant a crosswalk. He says they don't have enough research yet to determine if crosswalks are needed.


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  • by Ervin Family Location: Jacksonville on Mar 7, 2009 at 01:22 PM
    When will there be more research? When another death is on the roads? Apparently DOT do not want to take the responsibility to ensure safety of our community. The problem can not be fix over night but the ball can start rolling. I am very upset that the city of Jacksonville statements sound like excuses instead of solutions.
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 6, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    What did he say?
  • by MICHAEL Location: RICHLANDS on Mar 6, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    WITH ALL THE NEW ARRIVE COMING IN WHAT IS THIER TO THANK ABOUT LOST OF ONE MORE LIFE WE ARE GROWING TO FAST TO NOT TO HAVE THEM IN THE HIGHLY TRAVEL AREA WHAT ARE WE GOING TO DO WHEN ALL THE MOVE ARE COMPLETE
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Mar 6, 2009 at 03:54 AM
    Bovine excrement! What does the state government know about traffic or the needs for controls in Jacksonville? Do your own study and get it done. The state government should not be involved in the decision one way or the other....nor should it be payed for with state funds. It is a Jacksonville problem that Jacksonville should deal with. I suppose that is what the 'study' is for. You want the state to pay for it.
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