ATLANTA — Residents in South Atlanta are rallying to combat the lack of crosswalks in their neighborhood.
Neighbors along Jonesboro Road have been working with the Georgia Department of Transportation to make that road and McDonough Boulevard safer for people. The community requested new crosswalks be installed at three different locations along the route:
- At the entrance of Carver High School on McDonough Boulevard
- At the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Gammon Avenue, and
- At the intersection of Jonesboro Road and Meldon Avenue
On Tuesday, more than 100 residents purposely crossed the road to demonstrate the need for a crosswalk. Right now, residents say the amount of traffic and the speed of cars makes it dangerous for students at Carver High School and the Ron Clark Academy to cross the street safely.
Residents who joined in the demonstration said they hope their actions will spark change sooner than later.
"We are trying to let the DOT know how congested and dangerous this street is and try to get some safe crosswalks put in so our students don't get squished," said Atlanta Public Schools board member Leslie Grant.
In order to have the crosswalk installed, the group says an average of 20 crossings an hour must be reported.