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Disabled veteran demands safety changes to downtown crosswalk

Vet says intersection at Maryland Parkway and Mesquite is not well-marked
Posted: 8:27 AM, Sep 13, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-13 11:53:49-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A disabled Army veteran reached out to 13 Action News, concerned about what he called a dangerous intersection near downtown. He says drivers don't know about a crosswalk.

"I'm afraid to go or walk anywhere anymore," says Mark Walker. "People just don't look, they don't care!"

The intersection is located at Maryland Parkway and Mesquite, directly across the street from a senior apartment community.

Walker served 21 years in the U.S. Army, injuring his back during active duty training. He uses a walker to get around, however, the walker makes him even more nervous to cross the busy intersection.

"It's not well-marked," says Walker. "All it has as a warning is a sign."

He says the issue is that this sign is the only thing warning drivers that people, including disabled veterans, could be crossing the street. Right now, there are no traffic or crosswalk signals, and no flashing lights.

"Something needs to be done before somebody gets seriously injured or killed," says Walker.

13 Action News reached out to the city. They sent their traffic engineering team to check out the intersection, and have now decided to add the intersection to their list of places to install flashers.