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July 11, 2005 // UPDATED 1:56 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Mesa Johnson and Robyn Repya
Mesa Johnson and Robyn Repya

A muddy path to a pedestrian crossing button on a stoplight post at 12th & Hawthorne frustrates Skyway News reader Michael Westberg. He wrote to the Skyway News about the lack of a sidewalk closer to the stoplight post.

"The button for the pedestrian crossing is about 12 feet from the sidewalk and only attainable through about 12 feet of mud," he wrote in an e-mail. "Either extend the sidewalk or install some pavers."

Don Sobania, a city traffic engineer, said the button is in a poor location, but it would be tough - and expensive - to move it. Still, he said the city is making plans to change it. "We've just looked at it, and we're doing an estimate," Sobania said, adding that no specifics have been established.

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