After girl's death, Tampa City Council member wants to know why a Busch Blvd. crosswalk is taking so long listen02/07/13 Janelle Irwin
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Tampa City Council member Frank Reddick wants to know why an extra crosswalk wasn’t installed along Busch Boulevard before an 8-year-old girl was struck and killed trying to cross the street. Reddick is asking city staff to look into what was taking so long.
The city already knew there was a problem with people jaywalking on Busch Boulevard where one mile separates two crosswalks. Reddick said adding another was in the works.
“The study had been completed. They had agreed to put the crosswalk in place, but why [was it] not installed and what are the factors involved for not putting it in place in a timely manner.”
If the crosswalk had been in place, it might have saved Jayla Shubbar’s life last Sunday. All Reddick can hope now is that what happened to her doesn’t happen again.
“A lot of kids that live in that area that cross to come over to the store and go to the other little mall where they’ve got other shopping centers and it’s a heavy, heavy area where you’ve got a tremendous amount of traffic.”
Reddick expects the crosswalk to take several months to be completed. It will include painted lines on the road and flashing lights warning motorists that a pedestrian is crossing the street. Motorists are required by law to yield to the pedestrians in a crosswalk.