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No 3D Crosswalks in Cincinnati After Federal Guidance Finds Risk

A proposal to paint three-dimensional crosswalks near schools, approved by the Cincinnati City Council, has been rejected by the Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering.
July 31, 2019, 12pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Mariel Carbone reports from the street in Cincinnati, where the city has rejected a proposal to add a three-dimensional crosswalk design to an intersection near schools.

The news provides a local example of the fallout of a Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study that found "potentially dangerous effects" from the use of three-dimensional sidewalk designs. The study "explains that a 'significant percentage of drivers' actually swerved or drove erratically when they saw the crosswalks," according to the article that accompanies Carbone's on-air report.

As a result, the Cincinnati Department of Transportation and Engineering (DOTE) decided that the city should not install three-dimensional crosswalks despite a steady increase of "pedestrian-involved crashes" in recent years.

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Published on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in WCPO
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