Bruce D. Brovold, Fargo, Published April 06 2013
Letter: Blind crossing at Broadway and Third is a real hazardI am writing about a very dangerous blind pedestrian crossing on Broadway and Third Avenue North in Fargo. This is a T intersection. There used to be stoplights on this corner; however, they have been taken out.
This is a very active crossing. There are many liquor establishments on both sides of this block, as well as the Fargo Theatre and many restaurants. Some of the people who just might have had too much to drink bolt out across the street to other establishments without looking – a very scary moment for drivers.
When the high snowbanks are next to the crossing, it is hard to even know there is a crossing there. Also with diagonal parking, these crosswalks are mostly hidden from Broadway traffic. In addition, the poor street lights on Broadway, which shine their light up and not down on the street, make it difficult to see pedestrians crossing the street.
There are no pedestrian warning signs on Broadway, on either side of this crossing, warning drivers that there is a crosswalk ahead, which makes it a very risky crosswalk just waiting for an accident to happen.
I believe there should be pedestrian warning signs with blinking yellow lights to alert drivers of a blind pedestrian crossing ahead.
It is always better to protect our residents before an accident happens than to grieve over the consequences.