Fake crosswalk erased in SE Portland

Fake crosswalk erased in SE Portland

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by SCOTT BURTON and TERESA BLACKMAN, KGW Staff

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Posted on August 6, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:39 AM

PORTLAND -- Someone painted a fake crosswalk in a busy intersection in Southeast Portland and Friday the city erased it.

Crews arrived at 9:30 a.m. with power sprayers and cleaned the white paint off the street.

Portland's Bureau of Transportation has studied the intersection and officials said they determined that a crosswalk was not necessary. Two crosswalks are within eyesight to the north on Sandy providing a nearby crossing option.

The "fake" crosswalk was painted by an anonymous person at the intersection of SE Ash, 10th, and Sandy.  It appeared sometime between midnight and 6 a.m., Thursday.

While it was clearly not a standard, city-made crosswalk, pedestrians were seen using the path with regularity Thursday even though the impromptu lines are difficult for drivers to see.

The intersection has five corners and traffic arrives from six different directions. Count Kellam, an apartment owner near the intersection, said he applauds the effort and would like to see the city respond with a real crosswalk.

"I'm constantly seeing people cross from here, from there up to here, from there to over to here," said Kellam pointing to varying corners.

Others rejected the method taken but agreed with Kellam that a need for a crosswalk exists.

"Sometimes the traffic just doesn't stop or slow down. It's a pretty heavily used area, especially with the construction," said pedestrian Debbie Samples.

While the fake crosswalk was easy to see from the ground, it was unexpected to those who normally drive along Sandy Blvd. It also may be difficult to see for drivers behind the wheel.

"This might be the worst and most dangerous crosswalk I've ever seen," said motorist Terry Georgeades.  Georgeades had a hard time seeing the lines as he approached the area by car Thursday afternoon.

"It's blind coming back this way and that way and this way. If you even see the white lines it's pretty amazing," said Georgeades.

By midmorning Friday, after crews finished powerwashing the street, the fake crosswalk was only a memory.

 

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