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MDOT re-examining safety of crosswalks along Grandview Parkway

Since the signs were put in MDOT says they have received complaints from both pedestrians and drivers.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- In the summer 2017, the Michigan Department of Transportation put crosswalk signs for pedestrians along Grandview Parkway in Traverse City.

Now, MDOT is looking into whether those signs need to be removed or more steps need to be taken to make the crosswalks safer.

Since the signs were put in MDOT says they have received complaints from both pedestrians and drivers.

There is some confusion about who has the right of way.

Some of the safety concerns include drivers who don't expect pedestrians to be crossing along Grandview Parkway.

Another concern is that because there's two lanes of traffic on each side of the Parkway, when one car stops, the car in the other lane doesn't always see the pedestrian.

MDOT says its currently working with Traverse City officials about ways to make the crosswalks safer.

Norte, a nonprofit organization, says it hopes the signs stay up.

"We certainly know that Grandview is still a pretty unsafe street even with those signs present. We do know that they've made it a little bit safer and a little more comfortable for people to get across", said Chris Hinze, a board member for Norte.

James Lake, a Communications Representative for MDOT, says that if the signs are removed it won't be until after summer.

"The reason for making these changes to these crosswalks in the begining was safety and safety is going to be the principle that we use to determine the future of these locations", said Lake.

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