After seeing John’s BB post yesterday, I checked out Streetview to get some historical perspective and views of other pedestrian crossings at Coors & Paseo del Norte. The intersection’s northwest quadrant caught my eye.
Yup, same lousy “ADA” crossing with small concrete box with curbs on three sides plopped amid sand as shown here in April 2017:
But wait, it gets more infuriating…
Because going back to April 2015 we not only see an even worse crossing…
we come to realize that the current atrocity isn’t from the relative ancient past when Coors/Paseo was first built. No, this “improvement” is quite recent. From roughly four years ago.
Somebody, somebody knowledgeable and in charge of such things looked at the 2015 situation, decreed that it must be fixed, and designed/implemented this “fix”:
As John also mentioned yesterday, we’ve gotten in the habit of noticing holes and other manipulations in fences indicating significant pedestrian usage. Here’s a close-up of the first shopping center fence near the woeful crossing:
Given how recent the “fix” was implemented, there’s an excellent chance the NMDOT (or City, or both) decision-maker(s) responsible for this are still on the job. BB would love to talk with this person(s) and have them tell us why this “fix” is ADA, AASHTO, MUTCD-compliant and what must be the fascinating story of first discovering the initial inadequacy and then spending time, money, and energy designing and constructing this:
As the old ads used to say, “Better Burque operators are standing by.”