JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Mandarin community is coming together to make its neighborhood safer.
Many have voiced their concerns with the crosswalk at San Jose Blvd and Haley Road, but after a mother was killed and her daughter injured while walking to Synagogue Friday, the community is beginning to see a movement towards change.
"There's potential for a terrible accident and let's not wait until there's a terrible tragedy before we act," said Rabbi Yaakove Fisch of the Etz Chaim Synagogue.
That's what Rabbi Fisch says he wrote in an email to Representative Charles McBurney months ago. McBurney says when he received that email he contacted the Department of Transportation to look into the crosswalk situation, but says he did not receive a response.
"At the time we were waiting to hear back from the DOT, now I'll tell you that I've contacted the DOT," said McBurney.
McBurney realizes there was no further conversation about the crosswalks between his office and the DOT until now, but meetings are in the works betweenhimself, the DOT, and Rabbi Fisch. McBurney says after Friday he's had about a dozen of his constituents write to him about the problem.
"The suggestions I've heard from constituents just in the last two days, pedestrian crosswalk extension of timing, road signs, flashing lights, police officers. I'm not an engineer, I don't pretend to be an engineer of what is the best possible way of looking at it, but that's what I want done," said McBurney.
All of those options will be reviewed by the DOT.
The city's traffic operations department says Microwave Pedestrian sensors are installed at the San Jose and Haley intersection for pedestrians who cannot operate mechanical devices on religious days, but preschool teacher at the synagogue Henny Fisch says that's not enough.
"The sensors though are not enough to meet the needs of our religious community because we don't always stand under them because we don't want to activate them, that's part of the prohibitions of creative work on the Sabbath," said Fisch.
Fisch knows long term permanent changes may take more planning, but she hopes at least the city will work with the community to provide officers to help pedestrians on the crosswalk at the intersection.
First Coast News