Peter Nielson lives just off of Northwest Avenue and because of a disability has a hard time getting around. He says just crossing the street has become very dangerous.
“When you press the crosswalk signal to cross the street, and the light changes red, people don’t stop they just keep going,” explained Nielson. “You have to stand out there and wave your hands in order to get them to stop, that’s if you get them to stop.”
Nielson says he called the police to see if they could put up a sign warning drivers of the crosswalk, but they said he needed to contact the Utah Department of Transportation. So we contacted UDOT and they tell ABC 4 Utah the crosswalk is closed.
Adan Carrillo, UDOT’s Spokesperson said, “Half of the roadway has been dug up as we’ve been trying to replace the sewer lines, so there is no access for vehicles or pedestrians across the intersection.”
There are no signs saying the crosswalk is closed, and the crosswalk lights still work, so not knowing any better Peter keeps crossing the street, hoping cars stop for him and the red light.
“This cross street is closed and they know it so they just keep going,” explained Nielson.
UDOT is asking everyone to use the crosswalks east or west of the Northwest intersection.