Transportation

After Some Persistence, The Mystery Of The Missing Crosswalk Is Finally Solved

We make a return visit to a challenging intersection where pedestrians had to take the long way around.

In May 2017 we went to check out an unusual situation in northwest Houston, at the intersection where Randon Road and Mangum Road meet West 43rd Street.

A neighbor told us the intersection was missing a crosswalk. That meant you had to walk all the way around just to get to the bus stop on the other side of the street.

So we went to meet Thomas Jackson, who’d been complaining about the situation for months.

Houston Public Works initially told Jackson they couldn’t build that missing crosswalk because of the steep grade at a railroad crossing on the other side of the street. But despite the lack of crossing signals and a big “no pedestrians” sign, Jackson said people crossed anyway.

“Myself as well and people I’ve seen have been stuck in the intersection because they think they had the ability to get across,” explained Jackson. “And then the light would turn green and cars would be honking at them.”

Jackson kept up the pressure and News 88.7 also talked to Public Works.

And persistence paid off. On our recent return visit Jackson showed us a new crosswalk across Randon Road, with a curved path to help pedestrians over the tracks.

“I had seen them working on it for a couple of weeks and then it took another two week I think to get the lights working,” said Jackson. “So that Monday morning when I got to the crosswalk and it actually had working lights it was pretty exciting.”   

So what advice does Jackson have for people who are trying to get things fixed in their neighborhood? He says find the right people to talk to at the city department that can handle your issue. And if that doesn’t work, call your council member.

Share

Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

More Information