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Getting Results: Pedestrians Navigate Dangerous Detour

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Some residents in East Falls say it's an accident waiting to happen. So they called Fox 29 for help.
    A sidewalk closure on Midvale Avenue is causing come pedestrians to take a more dangerous path home. The middle of the street.

A chain link fence went up around the sidewalk on Midvale Avenue near the East Falls Septa station. But so did the risk of danger.

"We always have to navigate weave in and out our way of cars" said Desiree Craig.

A crack in a nearby retaining wall forced a part of a sidewalk next to be closed.
    It's just a small stretch of sidewalk-- but this is the problem: pedestrians are now navigating themselves around the sidewalk and right into oncoming traffic.

 "I just assumed it would get fixed" said one passerby.

 It's now going on 5 months-- and the number of complaints is growing with the number of weeds.
    We saw plenty of people stepping out into busy rush hour traffic-because they have no other choice.

"We walk in the street in front of all the traffic and stuff it's unsafe I think" said Roman Catholic High School student Wayne Tschanz who walks this route every day.

  After several viewers contacted us about the problem, we started making phone calls. We learned the Thomas Mifflin School in East Falls owns the property. Although so far we haven't figured out when it will get fixed.

"Kids have to walk in the street to get to school it's pretty bad they need to do something about it" said East Falls resident Ben Williams.

We contacted a spokesman with the School District of Philadelphia. They are checking into it but so far we have not heard back on a solution.  Of course we will stay on top of the story as we work to Get Results.

 

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