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Crosswalk warning flashers coming to SR 291 near Suncrest in Stevens County

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 16:13

Al Gilson, Communications, 509-324-6015

SUNCREST, STEVENS COUNTY - Walking across State Route 291 in the Suncrest area of south Stevens County will be enhanced in the near future.  The Washington State Department of Transportation will install Light-Emitting diode (LED) Rapid Flashing Beacons on the crosswalk warning signs on SR 291 at the Swenson Road intersection.

Community members and officials of the Nine-Mile School District requested the lights. Students from  nearby Lakeside High School frequently cross the highway at this location to reach a neighborhood grocery store.

WSDOT plans to install these lights on Thursday, Aug. 25, prior to the start of school. Sidewalk improvements, striping, and some electrical work had already been completed.  The cost of the project is about $25,000.

These warning beacons are user-activated amber LEDs that supplement warning signs at unsignalized intersection crosswalks. They can be activated by pedestrians manually with a push button. The beacons use an irregular flash pattern to get drivers’ attention.

Of course, users of the new system still need to be vigilant when crossing the highway. Although a person in the crosswalk has the right of way, inattentive drivers can still pose a hazard to an unsuspecting pedestrian.

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