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Spiffy New Crosswalks

By Dave Bullock
Published: Thursday, December 13, 2007, at 09:31AM

Over the past few days, LADOT construction workers have been hard at work on the intersection of 6th and Main. They started by grading and repaving just the intersection, and the next night they were cutting grooves in the street for the faux-brick crosswalk decoration.

Yesterday I snapped a few shots as the crew laid the prefabricated crisscross crosswalk designs into the grooves and melted them in place with a large industrial heater. I had previously thought that the patterns were carefully painted onto the street, but apparently not. Either way I think it looks great, and I'm looking forward to more improvements on my block.

I am curious though, are the spiffy crosswalks just for decoration or are they designed as a safety feature to really let drivers know that people are going to be crossing the street?

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