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N4T Investigators: Rainbow crosswalks already showing their age

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It's only been a few short months, but the rainbow crosswalks at 4th Avenue and East 6th Street, paid for in part by tax dollars, seem to be losing some of their luster.

The four crosswalks were installed back in early August, but from the looks of things, they already seem to be fading away.

“We knew it was going to be an ever, you know, present issue, and we're trying to address it the best we can,” former Tucson City Councilman, Fred Ronstadt, told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Ronstadt is now the Executive Director of the 4th Avenue Merchants Association. He tells the News 4 Tucson Investigators, despite their now dirty and faded appearance, Ronstadt told us the crosswalks are getting regular maintenance.

“We have a crew that goes out at least once a month to clean it, to sort of get the vibrancy back in the colors,” Ronstadt told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

The crosswalks are meant to represent inclusivity, and to celebrate the LGBTQ community. The total price tag was more than $68,000. That includes about $10,000 that came from the office of Ward Three Tucson City Council member Karin Uhlich.

“We are very proud that we are the home of this crosswalk. It does present a lot of challenges for us, because it is one of the heaviest used intersections in the community,” Ronstadt told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

Ronstadt also told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, the recycled crushed glass material that gives the crosswalk its shine is expected to last about three to five years, but ultimately it will need to be replaced.

“Some days are better than others, but we're out there cleaning it as much as we can,” Ronstadt said. He also told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, taxpayers will not be on the hook for the cost of maintenance for the rainbow crosswalk.

“That's not the plan. I mean we committed, 4th Avenue committed, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation committed to make sure this is sustained by us, and a benefit for the community,” Ronstadt told the News 4 Tucson Investigators.

If you have something you'd like the News 4 Tucson Investigators to investigate, you may email us at investigators@ kvoa.com, or call the News 4 Tucson Investigators tip-line at (520) 955-4444.

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