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Crosswalk vigilante beats Pittsburgh to the punch

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A crosswalk vigilante has beaten Pittsburgh road crews to the punch - and to the paint - by marking crosswalks at what residents say is a dangerous intersection for pedestrians in the city'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."

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

Public Works director Rob Kaczorowski says crews were planning to install larger stop signs paint a crosswalk in a few weeks. The city had previously twice denied requests for crosswalks.

Kaczorowski says whoever painted the crosswalks should have waited because they "would be part of the liability if there's an accident there."

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