Pedestrian safety improvements at Tamarack Avenue and Valley Street, a key intersection next to Valley Middle School and down the street from Magnolia Elementary School, is expected to begin construction later this spring.
The improvements will help reduce car speeding and increase the safety and visibility of people crossing the street to and from the schools.
Replacing the existing rectangular rapid flashing beacon system on Tamarack Avenue at Valley Street with a hybrid crosswalk beacon that will stop road traffic based on when a pedestrian presses the button.
When pressed, the beacon will cycle from dark to flashing yellow to alert drivers. Then the flashing yellow indication will transition to a solid red, requiring drivers to make a complete stop at the intersection, allowing pedestrians to cross safely.
Installing curb extensions on the west side of the intersection to encourage slower turning speeds, increase the visibility of pedestrians and shorten the pedestrian crossing distance across Tamarack Avenue.