Newly-painted crosswalk improves safety near Eastside Cannery
A newly-painted crosswalk on Boulder Highway in front of Eastside Cannery aims to help prevent pedestrian accidents in the area.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A dangerous crossing near the Eastside Cannery is now safer.
Everyday, dozens of pedestrians cross Boulder Highway at Sun Valley Drive. There is now a freshly painted crosswalk at that popular crossing spot.
"Yeah, everybody crosses here. Anybody that goes over to that place," said one pedestrian.
But for two years, pedestrians crossed with no marked crosswalk.
The crosswalk was removed in October 2010 because the RTC needed to do a bus project, but the crosswalk has been fully repainted.
In early July, 50-year-old Frank Martini was killed by an alleged drunk driver while trying to cross the busy spot. Again, there was no marked crosswalk in place.
After that crash, Action News spoke with the Nevada Department of Transportation who said a traffic study was underway at the crossing, and was looking to put the crosswalk back in.
That became a reality this week.
When Action News asked another frequent pedestrian in the area about how many people he thought cross this spot he responded, "Hundreds of people. Yeah, everyday."
Now pedestrians can cross with a little ease, hopefully preventing more accidents from happening.
Action News is still waiting for results from NDOT on that traffic study.
It's dangerous crossing spots like this one, that prompted Action News to launch our Be Smart. Be Safe. Be Seen. campaign.
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