Thursday, April 2, 2009

Pedestrian improvements to Second Avenue unveiled - Gazette

April 1, 2009

Seniors say they can more safely cross Silver Spring street

by Jason Tomassini | Staff Writer

Some of the 14 improvements made to Second Avenue include relocated bus stops, wider crosswalks and sidewalks and an audible crossing signal for blind pedestrians at Second and Fenwick that announces when it is OK to cross.

The improvements are paid for in part by Leggett's Pedestrian Safety Initiative that launched last year. Leggett allocated a $4 million increase for pedestrian safety in this year's proposed budget.

"There are too many deaths, too many people are dying," Leggett said of the increased focus on pedestrian safety. The county averaged 14 pedestrian deaths per year between 2003 and 2006, and 17 in 2007.

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