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.