This photo was taken in my neighborhood yesterday. It is of a crosswalk light being installed, I think by the State of New York.

A lot of people in the neighborhood have been asking, quite sensibly, why these are being put up. If you look closely, you may be able to see why they’re asking. What you’re looking at is a local state route, with traffic lights. On one side of the road, the opposite side from what you’re seeing, is residential and commercial activity. On the side you’re looking at, there are some trees, bushes, and weeds on either side of a chain link fence. Beyond the fence is a limited access highway, this stretch of which is in the act of being renamed as an interstate.

In short, there is nothing on that side of the street to walk to. For miles. There’s a fence along another highway. 

I have no idea how this decision was made. I assume there was some funding for crosswalk lights, and I also assume no one bothered to exercise any oversight. 

If Albany is trying to curry favor with locals, I don’t think it’s working. Except for maybe for the construction crews, who are probably also wondering why the Hell they’re building crosswalks to nowhere, and tying up traffic while they do it. 

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Comment by alsoknownas on September 20, 2018 at 5:44am

Comment by Steel Breeze on September 20, 2018 at 6:27am

you see this everywhere....i watched a 3 man city crew paint the corner curbs with yellow....2 weeks later another crew came out and removed and replaced the same curbs....week later the same paint crew showed up and painted them again.....makework....

Comment by Ron Powell on September 20, 2018 at 2:39pm

Don't you get it?

1) You're not supposed to notice such details.

2) The work crews that do this kind of work are, more often than not, employed by privatly own construction contractors who are awarded contracts for such work through what is ostensibly a competitive  "blind bidding" process that's open only to heavy campaign contributors or family members...

3) During any election season such activity increases virtually everywhere in an effort to persuade and convince voters that things are getting done...

4) A crosswalk TO nowhere you say? Not so...

The counter to such an observation is this: It's not a crosswalk for people going nowhere.

It's a crosswalk for people coming back. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 20, 2018 at 2:45pm

And the reaction of everyone in this area I’ve read comment has been

”Why are they doing this?”

and sometimes

”The potholes are a bigger problem”

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