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May 11, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Crosswalk overhaul

Mismatched ramps endanger the disabled

“Making it safer for foot traffic”? [NWThursday, May 7] How about looking at simple things first?

Take a walk on Fourth Avenue from James Street to Pike Street. Notice the large number of mismatches between the crosswalk stripes and the sidewalk ramps. The elderly or disabled who have difficulty with curbs are encouraged or forced to cross intersections partly or completely out of the crosswalk. In an hour or two, a Times photographer could make a scary montage of what downtown-Seattle pedestrians face.

Other improvements are certainly possible, but the above offenses were created/allowed by city planners and inspectors. Is that what we pay them for?

The crosswalk/ramp mismatch is true in many other spots throughout downtown. I just happen to see the Fourth Avenue examples every day.

— Robert Bradley, Kirkland

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