All of the pedestrian crosswalk signals at the Brickell Avenue and SE 13th Street intersection are broken. It’s been a month. I’m not sure whom I need to speak to.
I first noticed that the crosswalks signals were out of order about a month ago. I decided to conduct an experiment to see how long it would take the County Public Works Department to fix the signals.
After witnessing a couple of scary close calls, I decide to end my experiment and dialed 311 to report the malfunction. It was just a matter of time before a car would hit a pedestrian. I was issued case # 1155595. About two weeks have passed since I called 311 and the crosswalk signals still remain broken.
This intersection happens to be the FDOT’s staging area for their autocentric resurfacing project that is currently underway. During the course of the past two months the FDOT employees and contractors have swamped the Brickell area. In addition, the County Public Works Department has been noticeably present as well.
I’m not sure who deserves the blame, but I’m left questioning…
- Was there a breakdown in communication between 311 and the County Public Works Department?
- Has no one from the FDOT or the County Public Works Department noticed that the pedestrian crosswalk signals are not functioning?
- Do my fellow citizens not know to call 311? If this is the case, the County is doing a poor job educating the public about 311.
- Or do my fellow citizens call 311 and get no results like I did?
This is a MAJOR intersection with a tremendous amount of pedestrian traffic. There is absolutely no reason why these crosswalk signals should remain broken for 4 weeks, jeopardizing the lives of thousands of people every day. Yet all of us are relegated to playing pedestrian frogger with our own lives in an attempt to get across the street. We shouldn’t have to guess when it’s safe to cross this pedestrian-unfriendly intersection. This is not a video game; it’s an embarrassment. It’s really just a matter of time before someone gets hit here.
It’s no wonder County Mayor Carlos Alverez’s job is on the line. If we can’t even get basic services like pedestrian crosswalk signals fixed in a timely manner, I can only imagine what else is broken in County government.
- The FDOT Ignores Broken Crosswalk Signals on Brickell Avenue for 33 Days
- Brickell Pedestrian Crosswalk Signals Still Not Working
- Transit Miami Eye: Broken Pedestrian Crosswalks Signals
- The FDOT Resurfacing Project on Brickell Avenue Dangerous for Pedestrians
- Another Pedestrian Hit on Brickell Avenue
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