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Crosswalk has no signal but sign tells drivers to halt

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 15, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> I was walking Ewa-bound on Ala Moana Boulevard, approaching the Atkinson Drive intersection. There is a pedestrian island that has the crosswalk button to cross Atkinson toward Ala Moana Center. But, before reaching that island, one must cross a crosswalk in the lane for drivers turning right onto Atkinson. The light to proceed straight on Ala Moana was red and the pedestrian crossing signal on the pedestrian island was red, but there is no pedestrian signal control where I stood waiting to cross that right-turn lane. However, believing I had the right of way because that crosswalk is an uncontrolled intersection crosswalk, I proceeded to cross.But a trolley driver turning right onto Atkinson made it pretty clear that he thought I was in the wrong! If I am wrong, the city should place either a crosswalk indicator sign or a pedestrian crossing control button there. If I am right, perhaps a yield sign for motorists would be a good idea. I don't want an expensive jaywalking ticket, so can you please advise?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> That intersection is under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Transportation.</p>
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Question: I was walking Ewa-bound on Ala Moana Boulevard, approaching the Atkinson Drive intersection. There is a pedestrian island that has the crosswalk button to cross Atkinson toward Ala Moana Center. But, before reaching that island, one must cross a crosswalk in the lane for drivers turning right onto Atkinson. The light to proceed straight on Ala Moana was red and the pedestrian crossing signal on the pedestrian island was red, but there is no pedestrian signal control where I stood waiting to cross that right-turn lane. However, believing I had the right of way because that crosswalk is an uncontrolled intersection crosswalk, I proceeded to cross.But a trolley driver turning right onto Atkinson made it pretty clear that he thought I was in the wrong! If I am wrong, the city should place either a crosswalk indicator sign or a pedestrian crossing control button there. If I am right, perhaps a yield sign for motorists would be a good idea. I don't want an expensive jaywalking ticket, so can you please advise?

Answer: That intersection is under the jurisdiction of the state Department of Transportation. Login for more...



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