- Associated Press - Friday, August 25, 2017

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A crosswalk in Alaska’s capital city has turned into an anonymous painter’s canvas.

Someone keeps painting each white strip a different color, mimicking a rainbow.

Residents who’ve walked through the downtown crosswalk feel it brings them color in a city of gray, but officials said the rainbow-painting has become expensive to clean up and repaint so it meets city code.

“The first time I saw it, I was kind of having a hard time and I was walking to work on a sunny morning,” Juneau resident Sue Warner said. “It just was bright and cheerful and it made me smile. And then I’ve watched other people stop and take pictures and point to it.”

At least three times this summer and once last year, the city has had to repaint the crosswalk white to conform to city code, KTOO-FM reported (https://bit.ly/2xyAZkL ) Wednesday.

Ed Foster, the city’s superintendent of streets, said it costs $195 to repaint the crosswalk.

“They have to be white and that’s based on studies that they’ve done to determine that the white is more visible than any other color,” Foster said. “”It’s no different than someone takes a spray can and starts painting light poles, trash cans, power transformer. It’s graffiti and we’re gonna clean it up.”

People can petition the Juneau Assembly for a variance to allow multi-colored crosswalks, if they want, Foster said. Otherwise, it’s vandalism.

The identity of the guerrilla crosswalk painter or painters isn’t known.


Information from: KTOO-FM, https://www.ktoo.org

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