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Published 1/12/2020
12:42pm
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Updated 1/14/2020
8:11pm

Drunk Driver Crashes Into Recently-Installed Safety Crosswalk

New Safety Crosswalk Damaged By SUV

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Jon Craven

Durand City Manager, Colleen O'Toole, confirmed to Durand Now on Monday January 13th that it was a drunk driver that struck the recently-installed pedestrian crosswalk on Oak Street in front of Riverside Market.  Durand Police Chief, Jason Hartz, also responding to our inquiry, said the crash happened just after midnight on Saturday, January 11th.

"The island was built in response to concerns for residents crossing the street to access Riverside [Market] and as a way of reducing traffic speeds on Oak Street," O'Toole said. "Traffic calming is a means of encouraging drivers to proceed at targeted rates of travel and medians are a well recognized measure of doing so by the Federal Highway Administration."  

At the time of the October installation, city councilman, Jeff Brands, said that the crosswalk's six concrete-filled posts were dug 5 feet into concrete footings and would stop a vehicle traveling at normal speeds, adding that a vehicle would have to be traveling "way over the speed limit" to damage the posts.

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Bob Shep

When the drunk driver's SUV barreled over the island late Friday night, it fully knocked down one concrete post and pushed another, on the opposite side of the sidewalk, over.

Hartz said that it is unknown how fast the driver was going but noted that road conditions were not a factor.  He also said there were no injuries.

"Without knowing how fast the car was traveling it is hard to say if the island performed to expectation," said O'Toole. "I can tell you we will have our engineers look at it this week to review."

She also said repairs to the crosswalk should be rather quick and that the driver, who was arrested, would be financially responsible.

The initial cost of the structure was part of the city's overall $2.4 million road project -- not a grant.  O'Toole ballparked the cost at under $9,000 but didn't have actual figures readily available.  She did say that the posts are "a few hundred a piece."

For those that have expressed concerns about the necessity or benefit of the installation, O'Toole said "I think it is important to understand that not everyone in our community is physically capable or in a financial position to drive a car when they need groceries, and of course, some people just prefer to walk. Over the next few years we will continue to identify ways of connecting our community with sidewalks and pedestrian walkways that make it safer for residents of all ages and ability to engage."

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Marci Mc

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