Davidson has installed crossing flags at six more intersections to make them safer for pedestrians.
After students from the Community School of Davidson created and tested the crossing flag concept at several intersections, the Davidson Board of Commissioners decided to expand use of the flags. New flags are now at the intersections of South Main Street and Walnut Street and Concord Road at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, the Preyer Building, Baker Drive/Woodland Street West and East, and at St. Alban’s Lane.
After receiving an anonymous donation for pedestrian safety and education, the town installed crossing flags this summer at Beaty and Delburg streets, Griffith and Watson streets, Main and Jackson/Glasgow streets, Concord Road and Faculty Drive, and Davidson-Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive.
The Public Works Department added zebra-stripe paint to make crosswalks stand out more and will install and maintain in-street signs that say, “State Law to STOP for Pedestrians Within Crosswalk.”
In 2011, beloved Davidson College professor Robert Whitton, 67, died after he was struck by a sport utility vehicle as he walked into a crosswalk on Concord Road while walking home.
The town also is seeking volunteers to sponsor crosswalks to replace missing and damaged flags and ensure flags are evenly distributed between receptacles. The town will provide all materials. To sponsor a crosswalk, contact Cristina Shaul at 704-940-9602 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Personalized signs stating “Monitored by (your organization)” can be ordered and installed by the town for $80, payable by the organization. Sponsors will need to sign an agreement with the town.
Marusak: 704-987-3670; Twitter: @jmarusak
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