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Visitors cautiously avoid crosswalks

July 31, 2013

A cloud of dust hovered over the Greene and Front streets intersection Tuesday morning as a Marietta streets crew continued to prepare for replacement of three brick pedestrian crosswalks along Fron......

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LineJudge

Aug-22-13 4:09 PM

@DevilsAdvocate... Crack kills

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DevilsAdvocate

Aug-03-13 11:55 AM

Oh and Tess.. Marietta has cowboys??? What gives? Your postings about the Mayor & his administration are rabid. With your blatant attempts at berating & obvious overlooking the good things healed & completed the last 18 months, just leaves people to believe you are an angry, angry person. Marietta is lucky and fortunate right now. Folks should only wish it continues as an election draws nearer.

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DevilsAdvocate

Aug-03-13 11:48 AM

Oh my gosh! Was downtown & saw firsthand the southbound side. What a fantastic fix. Also seeing the Butler crossing getting a clear coat is great. For the life of others, can't figure out why the last mayor caved to special interests, countered the same engineering dept the current Mayor uses. It is great, going to be beautiful & functional. Glad Mr. Tucker & Lambert were able to get it done right this time....

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shadesofgray

Aug-02-13 11:04 PM

Waste of money in the first place and now they have to be replaced. Parking was always at a premium downtown and the crosswalks and flower beds mad the issue worse. Pedestrians still cross where they want to anyways. Lord help you if you can't stop as they pop into the street.

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Tessie

Aug-01-13 12:16 PM

Mr. Stockel is micromanaged at every opportunity by Mr. Hupp. Trickle down theory at work. And you know who's on the bottom? That's right...you and me. Maybe it's time some of these cowboys remember who they work for.

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Tessie

Aug-01-13 12:11 PM

Pedestrians in crosswalks always have the right of way, especially when they have the light to cross. Unfortunately, many drivers seem to be unaware of this fact, even some of our law enforcement officials.

I was on front street from the Levee House to Putnam the day the boat was here. No one appeared to be bothered by noise. But that doesn't tell us how may were bothered by the noise and dust and chose to stay away. Common sense would mean that the work crew would have enough sense to schedule around events. Except, wait a minute, they don't make that decision do they? Hmmm afraid this falls at the feet of the safety/service director. Once again. Sure wish he and the mayor would step down. Then the city might be able to sensibly move forward. While I agree with you Lester to an extent, Grimm lacks the temperament to be an effective public official and believe me, he has no magic wand, lol.

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BeRight

Aug-01-13 10:54 AM

A college student using the mid block cross walk on fourth street looked right at me as she continued to walk into the street thinking that is a simple task to stop a 2.5 ton vehicle in about 30 feet when going 25 MPH. I now understand the word panic stop.

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NasCarNut

Aug-01-13 8:57 AM

...what fool would step-out into on coming traffic and never look to see what's coming at you.

Believe me, I've seen plenty of fools do just that...then look at you like you're the one who did something wrong...crosswalks in the middle of blocks is just asking for trouble...walk your a** to the corner and cross the street...

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clickhere

Jul-31-13 8:40 PM

@BeRight.....what fool would step-out into on coming traffic and never look to see what's coming at you. I know my Mama always taught me to stop, look and listen before I crossed the street. I think I was taught this in kindergarten too. (Our children were taught this in safety town). I would never cross a busy street unless traffic is stopped...even in a marked crosswalk with a street light. I'll never understand, just because there is a marked crosswalk....why people think a moving vehicle should slam on there brakes to let one walk across a busy street. Yes, drivers need to be aware of pedestrians. But, more people jaywalk than use a corner crosswalk. Just sit at Third/Putnam and watch all the city employees abuse the jaywalking law! People need to be aware of vehicles!

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BeRight

Jul-31-13 3:35 PM

A note to the folks using the crosswalks with the flashing lights: those lights work great if you are a driver maybe 50 yards or more away. The closer the driver gets to the crosswalk the less likely they are to be focused on the lights as they are on the street. Please do not press the button and feel like you have a force field surrounding you when you enter the cross walk. That car that you think is going to stop may not see the lights or you hiding behind those bushes. Use some common sense. Don’t put yourself of position of being “DEAD RIGHT”.

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BeRight

Jul-31-13 3:30 PM

Some of the more vocal merchants on Front Street created this problem when they forced the City to go against the original concrete plant and put in bricks. The City has had some God Awful weather to work with the last couple of weeks and with all the other stuff going on, they just have to pick a day and get started. Sternwheel is coming up in a few weeks and this needed to be done. Who is to say that the Queen would have kept her schedules anyway with all the unpredictable rain we have had. I went down there yesterday and it did not look like anyone was too stressed out about this except the posters on this article.

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rollingstone

Jul-31-13 2:57 PM

these cross walks have been a gigantic pain since their installation. next time forget the bricks and just use paint over asphalt to mark the cross walks.

if some body wants to look at brick streets they can walk up and down putnam a couple of times and leave the rest of us, who have to drive over and pay for such nonsense, alone

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clickhere

Jul-31-13 12:18 PM

If the monkeys are gonna run the zoo. We don't need any keepers.

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Lester

Jul-31-13 11:22 AM

What a needless waste of money! Do we need crosswalks? Yes. Do they look nice? Yes. Were we not warned before the bricks were greenlighted that this would happen within 5 years or so? Also, YES! And as I recall, the lone voice to vote against using them was Councilman Jon Grimm. Glad he's willing to get back in the game and help us try to avoid such wasting of taxpayer dollars in the future! Mr. Grimm, you will certainly have my vote in November! (Can't say there's anyone else running at this point who deserves a vote.)

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RodneyF

Jul-31-13 11:07 AM

No one uses them much anyways. They are awkwardly placed. The Butler intersection or anywhere random in the road is where most seem to cross.

Hopefully they fix the water leak in the road by 2nd and Butler. Those things are how gigantic car swallowing sinkholes come to fruition.

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slogoin

Jul-31-13 10:31 AM

Yea,motorists try to miss them as well.Raised speed control is prohibited when projects are funded by CBG funding

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