Naples residents voice concerns over crossing intersection

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COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Some people in Naples are scared to cross the street. They say the busy intersection at Goodlette-Frank Road and 22nd Avenue North is a nightmare.

“I want to be able to cross the street here and get to the park without getting hit,” said Danny Ripka.

He tells WINK News a crosswalk at Goodlette-Frank Road could prevent that from happening.

“I’m saying let’s go right now and then my honey is saying, ‘no, no let’s wait,’ and it’s like wait a minute.”

Ripka said it’s a big price to pay to cross the seven lanes of traffic.

“We’re running to get to one section and then get to another section to get across, while we stand out in the median, traffic is flying by us in both directions.”

In the past three years, there have been five injury crashes at the intersection but none have involved a pedestrian.

Ripka said something needs to be done before someone gets hurt or killed.

“I mean if they even had a flashing yellow light for here it would be good anything is better than the way it is right now.”

The county tells WINK News that they don’t have any plans for a crosswalk there. They recommend people walk south to Golden Gate Parkway and use the crosswalk there.

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