Seconds added to crosswalk signal


About time: Greenfield resident Bob Burrows complained earlier this summer about the crosswalk signal on Ind. 9 and U.S. 40 being too brief for folks with disabilities to get across. (Tom Russo/Daily Reporter)

GREENFIELD — Crosswalks at downtown Greenfield’s busiest intersection have become more pedestrian-friendly, now that the interval of the “walk” signal has been lengthened after a local resident voiced a concern about safety.

Greenfield resident Bob Burrows raised red flags two months ago over the brief duration of time the walk signal was on display before the flashing caution warning appears.

Burrows, who has multiple sclerosis and uses a motorized wheelchair, had been concerned for years about the crosswalks at State and Main streets. But during a crowded downtown event in July, Burrows noticed elderly women also having trouble making it across in time. That’s what prompted him to do something about it.

Burrows’ letter to the editor appeared in the Daily Reporter, and a feature story on the issue caused local and state officials to take note.

While crosswalks on state highways are under the jurisdiction of the Indiana Department of Transportation, Mayor Dick Pasco emailed INDOT, asking officials to look into the issue. INDOT sent out an engineer to study the timing of the lights, and the state agency also contacted Burrows to listen to his concerns.

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