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FDOT announces crosswalk improvements

Additional flashing signs and pavement markers will be placed to alert motorists to upcoming crosswalks.
by: Jack Short Staff Writer

Motorists will soon have more warning they are approaching crosswalks, installed in December 2014.

Four crosswalks on Gulf of Mexico Drive will have additional signage and pavement markings added to them in the next month, according to Robin Stublen, spokesman for the Florida Department of Transportation.

FDOT told Town Manager David Bullock Feb. 24 that it would make the improvements.

Stublen said in an email that FDOT will add signs with flashing lights and “ped crossing” markers on the pavement 500 feet before each crosswalk.

The cost of installing the project is $7,476, according to Stublen, who emphasized that the crosswalks meet all safety guidelines as they’re installed.

“We are doing this additional work at the request of the city,” he said.

On Feb. 5, a pedestrian was struck trying to cross using one of the crosswalks. The driver was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

The work should be completed in approximately one month.

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