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The Federal and State Government has Safety Standards for the placement of Crosswalks and Utility Posts. However, you don't need to be an Engineer or Roadway Safety Expert to know it is wrong to obstruct the Pedestrian Right of Way, or to build Unmarked Mid=Block Crosswalks on High Speed, High Traffic, Multiple Lane Roads.
In February 2002 the FHWA issued a Report Titled: Safety Effects of Marked vs Unmarked Crosswalks at uncontrolled Locations. This Report clearly shows that it is very dangerous to place Unmarked Mid-Block Crosswalks on High Traffic, High Speed, Multiple Lane Roads.
FHWA Clear Zone Standards clearly state (see Item 6) that Utility Posts should be located at the far edge of the Right of Way (in the Utility Strip or at the far edge of the sidewalk) and that the center of the sidewalk should be reserved for Pedestrians.
Mid-block Crosswalks - National Association of City Transportation
AASHTO Green Book Safety Standards