Crosswalks barely visible to pedestrians

State law gives pedestrians the right-of-way

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton pedestrians usually assume they’re safe using the crosswalk. Many Northampton residents get around town by walking, which is why it can become a problem when the city’s crosswalks start to fade.

Today, many people told us certain crosswalks in downtown Northampton are barely visible, forcing pedestrians to be more careful than usual when crossing the road, especially at night.

One Northampton resident told 22News crosswalks aren’t the only thing that’s hard to see. “I probably feel more concerned about the bike lanes being repainted than anything else, because it’s not as much in people’s minds”. said, Sarah Buttenwieser.

Emily Rey of South Hadley told 22News, “You were sort of guessing where you’re supposed to walk and cars are going, it’s definitely concerning.”

Mayor Narkewicz said it needs to warm up. He sent us this statement: “The City of Northampton will begin re-painting crosswalks later this spring.

The paint used requires outdoor weather temperatures to be consistently above 50-55 degrees for proper application.” Drivers also need to pay closer attention.

State law gives pedestrians the right-of-way regardless of the crosswalk’s visibility.

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