What's Broken?

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April 25, 2005 // UPDATED 1:54 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Greg Corradini
Greg Corradini

A crosswalk on North 5th Street has looked less than professional the last couple of years. A push button triggering a walk signal has been hanging by its wires for some time in front of the Hennepin County Environmental Services building, 417 N. 5th St.

A Hennepin County Environmental Services employee said the floppy button has been that way for about two years, even though the city of Minneapolis Public Works Department was contacted about fixing it some time ago.

Minneapolis Public Works Electrical Foreman Mike Gozzel sent someone to fix the button's slack. "I know it's been taken care of," Gozzel said.

Although he hadn't seen the problem himself, he said the button probably still worked even though it was hanging loose. Gozzel said he thinks it is pretty rare for pedestrian crossing buttons to fall out of their sockets.

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