NORFOLK---It's a safety concern that's taken years to address, but the city of Norfolk says it has a solution to people jaywalking on St. Paul's Boulevard.

13News Now caught dozens of people jaywalking on the busy thoroughfare in just 30 minutes Tuesday.

Reporter Philip Townsend spoke to pedestrians who say the current crosswalks are spread too far apart.

'How can they expect us to walk all that way just to cross this street,' said Marlon James.

We first told viewers about this problem back in 2011, and it's taken three years for the city to fund a solution.

'We do have a problem here and we need some help to try and resolve it,' said city spokesperson Lori Crouch.

VDOT plans to chip in $700,00 for improvements to the Market street crosswalk. The city will pay for the Mid-block and Charlotte street crossings.

The city will also install a midway crosswalk near Freemason Street, the peak area for jaywalkers.

Crouch explained that construction on the midway crosswalk wouldn't start until late summer.
The current crosswalk improvements, however, are expected to begin this month.

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