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 wasnâ€™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.
â€œThe 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.â€
If the crosswalk had been in place, it might have saved Jayla Shubbarâ€™s life last Sunday. All Reddick can hope now is that what happened to her doesnâ€™t happen again.
â€œA lot of kids that live in that area that cross to come over to the store and go to the other little mall where theyâ€™ve got other shopping centers and itâ€™s a heavy, heavy area where youâ€™ve got a tremendous amount of traffic.â€
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.