Crosswalk to Nowhere

This shopping center in Reading, Pennsylvania has a crosswalk that leads to nowhere. Codes required a certain number of pedestrian crosswalks, despite the fact that there are no sidewalks. This is the required accessible crosswalk with curb ramps. But it isn't going to get you anywhere, whether you are in a wheelchair or walking. Get an explanation of how this kind of thing happens at Greater Greater Washington. Link -via Metafilter

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Notice that the ramps are ADA compliant, except they don't really go anywhere. This type of thing happens all the time in the St. Louis area. Probably happens in every city. A developer probably just built a new site from where the picture was taken. The government makes a regulation that requires a crosswalk even though there is no sidewalk on the other side of the street. So they have to build it to get their permits. The idea is that when the other side of the street gets redeveloped that the cross walk will already be in place. If the owner of the site that you see in the picture ever does any work outside requiring a permit chance are they will have to make an ADA compliant sidewalk to reach to the crosswalk.
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