Danville Express

Newsfront - April 20, 2007

Alamo traffic improvements under way

Flashing lights to be added at Jackson Way to slow down motorists

by Natalie O'Neill

Covered stoplights at the intersection of Stone Valley Road and Danville Boulevard are a sign that improvements are on the way.

Lights concealed by a tan cloth on Stone Valley Road mark the beginning of the end for an Alamo project aimed at reducing traffic congestion near the freeway exit.

"They are covered up so as not to confuse drivers," Public Works Civil Engineer Chris Lau said this week.

New stoplight poles were put in about two weeks ago and include left turn arrows to decrease traffic backups, but they will be inoperable until project roadwork is completed in mid May.

The project will include two left-turn lanes from Danville Boulevard south onto Stone Valley Road, the removal of the "pork chop" islands, and repainting of the crosswalk. The target completion date is May 15.

"It will provide better traffic circulation and safety for pedestrians," Lau said.

Flashing lights on the crosswalk at Jackson Way, similar to the ones on Hartz Avenue, will also be added as part of the project.

Requests for improvements were prompted by neighboring residents who were upset that cars whizzed by the crosswalk near Andrew H. Young Park. One blind resident detailed to the county on several occasions that he had nearly been hit.

Lights on crosswalks send drivers a clear message that they need to stop or slow down, Lau said.

Contact Natalie O'Neill at noneill@danvilleweekly.com

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