By DENISE GRANT
Malfunctioning pavement lights, which were supposed to make Findlay’s new mid-block crosswalks safer for pedestrians, have created a hazard on Main Street, according to one councilman.
On Tuesday, Councilman Jeff Wobser, R-at-large, said the city should block the crosswalks until the pavement lights are fixed. He said the city is lucky no one has been hit.
He said motorists traveling through the downtown now assume the crosswalk lights will signal when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk, but the lights are malfunctioning and don’t work most of the time.
The crosswalks are located between Hardin and Sandusky streets, between Crawford and Main Cross streets, and between Main Cross and Front streets.
These crosswalks also feature a landscaped median to provide a “pedestrian refuge.”
This area provides space for pedestrians to wait before crossing the second lane of traffic.
Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said the manufacturer has been contacted and will be inspecting the infrastructure for the lights. It is not known how long the lights will take to fix.
Short of barricading the crosswalks, Schmelzer recommended increased police patrols in the city’s downtown.