New Pedestrian Crosswalks: Signs Point to No

A sign cautioning drivers on Sixth Street to slow for pedestrians has been plowed down multiple times by reckless drivers, according to courthouse and county administration sources.
Prior to the installation of a cross walk this summer, county employees and the public crossed from the Tulsa County Administration Building to paid and employee parking on the south side of Sixth Street. County sources say traffic is most heavy between 7:30 and 8 a.m. and again between 4 and 5 p.m., and that neither the public nor employees makes use of the crosswalk at the intersection of Denver Avenue and Sixth Street.
“Cars come through here so fast,” said a county employee. “It’s like when they see us crossing the street, they don’t even slow down.”
“I wonder sometimes if drivers around here don’t understand crosswalks, and that in a city, people are going to be walking across the street, and you have to stop for them,” the source said.
Commissioner Wilbert Collins commissioned the crosswalk years ago, county building operations said, and other county sources said Paul Wilkening, deputy of the Board of County Commissioners, was in charge of coordinating the installation of the crosswalk and the road sign with the City of Tulsa.
Sources say Wilkening worked for two years with the city to install the crosswalk and road sign.
“We have signs in the middle of the roadway at various intersections throughout downtown,” said Mark Brown, City of Tulsa traffic operations manager. “We wanted to make the sign more obvious, and it’s all about safety.”

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