Residents complain about Cameron Village crosswalk chaos

The Raleigh neighborhood is booming with construction and cars, but not crosswalks
October 9, 2013 3:04:12 PM PDT
Raleigh's Cameron Village is booming with construction and cars, but not crosswalks.

Residents reached out to ABC11 to shed light on the dangerous combination. People that live nearby say there is not enough space to walk and that drivers don't see pedestrians at the crosswalks because the view is obstructed.

"I want to be able to walk my dog, and I want to be able to walk to the grocery store, run an errand, pick up a cup of coffee, but right now I'm still nervous just trying to cross the street," Cameron Village resident Jasmin Wilson said.

Sidewalks at the intersection of Oberlin Road and Clark Avenue are closed while construction on two housing projects is underway. There is a small space where people can walk by, but it is only an arm's distance away from cars traveling on the busy road.

"They thought about if they built it, they will come. But they didn't think about the in between, how to get people in the neighborhood that are living here to be able to get to where they need to go," Wilson said.

The city's Public Works Department said they have received numerous complaints and they are trying to work through the issues.

"We will look into reducing site constraints and make some of the accessibility a little easier around the construction zones," Raleigh Engineering Manager Paul Kallam said.

Police said there have not been any pedestrian accidents at the intersection. However, there have been two crashes since June in the area.

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