What is the cost of maintaining the crosswalk on Camp Arrowhead Road?
Sometimes common sense seems simple and intuitive, perhaps too simple for some highly educated minds.
Look at the location of this infamous S-curve pedestrian crossing on Camp Arrowhead Road in the Angola region. Anyone would take their breath away, but not some traffic engineers! Do they see this as a challenge for technical security there?
Has DelDOT calculated the expense of maintaining this crosswalk, not only greenbacks, but also the potential cost of loss of human life? What about four week traffic interference when installing beacons? Who pays for the maintenance and replacement if the beacons fail by accident?
How many people are they serving with this crosswalk?
Then the question arises as to how trustworthy these flashing beacons are in the S-curve with a short sight distance. The burden of safety is now shifted from drivers to pedestrians. Beacons only work when the button is pressed and yet the pedestrian must wait for trucks and cars within braking distance of the crosswalk to pass before crossing.
• What if a pedestrian is unaware of the button or forgets to press it and the drivers are not waiting for people on the crosswalk?
• Will children on bicycles even embarrass themselves with the button?
• What if the person couldn’t finish crossing for some reason, such as falling or dropping something and having to pick it up, before the beacon finished flashing?
• What if a large construction vehicle in the front obstructs the view of the flashing light?
• What if the beacon is broken or malfunctions?
I would be afraid of getting caught in the back stopping in the curve. Is not it ?