Wesley Chapel parents push for safer crosswalk

Posted at 4:52 PM, Apr 01, 2016

A Wesley Chapel Community is calling out for action, trying to make it safer for their kids.

Parents at The Villages of Wesley Chapel said the paint in the crosswalk near one of their large school bus stops is so faded, it's barely visible.

The Homeowner's Association said parents are terrified that cars will not be able to tell that it's a designated crosswalk.

"There's no paint over there," said Aura Ocampo, parent to a 13-year-old girl.

She said not only do cars speed by, but especially at dusk and dawn, it's hard to tell that this is a designated crosswalk.

"The cars, they can kill the kids when crossing the street right there," she said.

The most terrifying moment was when a mother and child nearly died here when a car just missed them in the crosswalk, HOA member Ian VanCattenburch said.

"Someone is going to get hit," he said.

That prompted The Villages of Wesley Chapel to contact Pasco County Public Works to repaint.

The HOA said a county crew came out in November 2015 and told them the crosswalk needed restriping.

It's been nearly six months since then, VanCattenburch said.

He said he's had months of email exchanges with Pasco County and still, no new paint job.

"It's sad to know that we just want the safety for our community here and that our requests are falling on deaf ears," he said.

ABC Action News contacted Pasco County representatives who now said they are looking into this.

The sent this statement via email:

Pasco County Traffic Operations sent someone to inspect the cross walk at (Wesley Brook Dr & Burke Mill Place in Wesley Chapel) last fall, which is near a school bus stop.

Traffic determined the crosswalks did need to be repainted and sent a work order with Public Works who requested to have it put on the schedule back in November, 2015.

We understand there is a backlog with some of public works projects, mainly due to flooding issues last summer. I have notified Public Works of the concern. They are aware of the work order and once their schedule allows they plan to work on the striping issue.

Residents said they hope the repairs are done sooner than later, as they believe this to be an immediate safety issue.