The crosswalk at North High and North streets in Historic Dublin doesn't feature a signal using green or red hands directing pedestrians when it is safe to cross.

The crosswalk at North High and North streets in Historic Dublin doesn't feature a signal using green or red hands directing pedestrians when it is safe to cross.

There is a "cross with caution sign" to warn pedestrians, but no traffic signal to stop motorists.

The setup has confused some residents.

"The biggest issue residents don't fully understand is this indicator doesn't stop traffic," said director of engineering Paul Hammersmith. "This is nothing more than an indicator to raise awareness for motorists that a pedestrian will be crossing."

The city receives complaints about the crosswalk "every once in a while," Hammersmith said, but nothing has occurred to prompt a change.

"Cars are not slowing down or stopping at the crosswalk area," Dublin resident Lisa Van Klingeren told the Villager in an e-mail. "I've worked at Aerosafe for five years and this crosswalk area has always been dangerous, but seems to be getting worse. I was almost hit a week ago because people do not slow down."

Since the crosswalk was added in 2002, there has been one reported accident involving a pedestrian, in September 2006. It involved a southbound vehicle and a westbound pedestrian, who was taken to a hospital but not hurt, according to the police report.

People are urged to cross with caution and use the crosswalks at Bridge and High streets if uncomfortable crossing at North High and North streets, said civil engineer Tina Wawszkiewicz.

Although some residents site concerns about motorists speeding through the intersection, the traffic enforcement unit took speed measurements in the past year that had 12,000 vehicles traveling at an average of 23 mph over three days.

"I can understand when you're standing on the edge of the roadway 23 miles per hour seems fast," Hammersmith said.

The city will update the measurements when it conducts a similar study in the next few weeks.

The traffic enforcement unit was recently in the area and issued four speeding tickets to motorists heading south on High Street.

"Pedestrians have to use caution and that's the best precaution," Hammersmith said.

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