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8News Investigates: Pedestrian Dangers at 9th and Canal Streets

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The pedestrian signals at the intersection of 9th and Canal Streets aren't working. Right now, they have plastic bags over them. The pedestrian signals at the intersection of 9th and Canal Streets aren't working. Right now, they have plastic bags over them.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - Pedestrians are fearing for their life every time they have to cross a busy intersection downtown.

The pedestrian signals at the intersection of 9th and Canal Streets aren't working. Right now, they have plastic bags over them.

This is a very busy intersection especially during rush hour and without those signals, those who work and walk down there fear someone is going to get hit.

Dawna Ammons and hundreds of others who have to walk across Canal Street every day to get to and from work feel they're caught in a game of Frogger as they try to judge the light and dodge cars speeding towards them.

"I saw one girl almost get hit for stepping out because she couldn't see that the light had change," she says.

"It's kind of hard to judge when the traffic is going to change," says Audra Kelley. "You sort of have to sprint."

Ammons says people can't see when the lights are changing and have to step into street which has resulted in some close calls.

"If it goes much longer, it's only a matter of time before somebody gets hurt."

The pedestrian signals have been out for almost five months and some people have been complaining to the city since November.

"There was never any warning they were going to go down," says Jennifer Harris.

The city's transportation engineer Tom Flynn admits this is not ideal. He says the lines that power the pedestrian signals were disconnected when contractors working on the gateway plaza site across the street had to take down a traffic signal.

"We share their concern we agree, it is not the best situation in the world," he says.

That light has since been replaced but the underground wiring and conduit for the pedestrian signals still needs to be reconnected.

Flynn says the project was only supposed to take a few weeks but weather has delayed the work.

"Of course the weather, we probably lost a good two weeks or so in there because of all the snow…that just shut everything down."
But Flynn says these signals should be back on next week.

"Barring some on foreseen problem...snow..it should be the end of next week."


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