Dangerous crosswalk fixed

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Video: UPDATE: Dangerous crosswalk fixed

  • Diane Elliot crossing the road.
  • John Richard of MDOT talks about fixing the road.

UPDATE -- Tuesday afternoon.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- On Monday we brought you a 13 On Your Side Report about a dangerous crosswalk on Lake Michigan and Collindale in Grand Rapids. The crosswalk only allowed residents of a near by senior center 22 seconds to cross FIVE lanes of traffic.

Tuesday, MDOT said after watching WZZM 13's report it has increased the crosswalk light to 28 seconds. 

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- 22 seconds: That's how long people are given to cross Lake Michigan Drive near Collindale Ave. NW. It's not a lot of time, especially if you're a senior citizen. WZZM 13 received complaints from people in the area who said some seniors are becoming caught in traffic.

Lake Michigan is a busy five-lane road and at Collindale, it is one of the few places in the area residents at Marsh Ridge senior community can cross.

Diane Elliott crosses the road to get to the bus stop and she isn't moving as fast as she use to. "I had a stroke this year and a couple of small ones after that," explains Elliott. She uses a walker so it takes her longer to cross the five lanes of traffic.

She waits for the crosswalk sign to tell her to go. She gets only about five feet in and the light starts to blink. And before she makes it to the other side, the light turns. "A couple of times I have almost got hit because some people don't wait for you," explains Elliott.

The light just isn't long enough for her and her fellow residents at a nearby community senior community. We showed John Richards the community contact at MDOT the crosswalk time.

"State and Federal regulation say the cross time is 3.5 feet per second that works out to be 25 second," says Richard. In other words, by law the light crosswalk should be 25 seconds at that intersection because of the length. When we timed it the light was only 22 seconds. While three-second increase may not be enough, MDOT says it will take in to account the senior community nearby. "This is the first we heard of it so we will so we will extend the cross time to accommodate the local residents," explains Richard.

As of Monday, MDOT said someone has looked at it, but when we timed it the light was still not fixed. You can contact MDOT if you know of lights that are out. http://www.michigan.gov/mdot

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