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Vigilante tackles Pa. crosswalk project

PITTSBURGH - A crosswalk vigilante has beaten city road crews to the punch - and to the paint - by marking crosswalks at what residents contend is a dangerous intersection for pedestrians in Pittsburgh's Polish Hill neighborhood.

The lines were painted about three weeks ago and have drawn rave reviews from residents. One posted this message on a bulletin board at a nearby park: "Dear crosswalk vigilantes: Thank you! You made my day. A neighbor."

City officials, however, aren't thrilled with the temporary solution.

Public Works director Rob Kaczorowski said crews were planning to install larger stop signs and paint crosswalks in a few weeks. City officials had previously twice denied requests for crosswalks since 2009, claiming there wasn't enough pedestrian traffic to warrant them, before repeated requests from residents changed their mind.


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