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Newsfront - May 16, 2008

Visiting the library just got better

Town awards bid for Front Street crosswalk

by Meghan Neal

Pedestrians will soon be able to feel a bit safer while crossing Front Street in front of the Danville Library and Community Center, thanks to a new crosswalk being installed this summer.

The lighted crosswalk, which the Town Council awarded to Presidio Systems Inc. of Livermore at last week's meeting, will be adjacent to the main brick walkway that currently leads up to the library's entrance.

The town found that the aesthetic walkway posed a safety issue, because people were using it as a crosswalk but cars weren't stopping at it.

"We've had, over time, concerns from people who said, 'Gee you know, we're in the crosswalk and those cars zip around the corner. Isn't there anything you can do to improve safety there?'" said Town Manager Joe Calabrigo.

Eventually the town decided the best solution was to put in an actual crosswalk at the site.

"It will give folks a better location at which to cross," Calabrigo said.

Flashing lights will be embedded in the pavement on either side of the brick, similar to the crosswalk on Hartz Avenue in front of the Veteran's Hall. But the warning lights at the new location will be activated automatically when a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, helping alert cars that someone is coming.

The new crosswalk will cost Danville about $74,000, which will come from funds set aside for capital improvement projects.

Construction begins this month and is due to be completed by the end of June, in time for the Hay Days celebration and Fourth of July Parade.

Front Street will remain open during construction hours, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., but traffic may be delayed periodically or reduced to one lane. Drivers are encouraged to use Hartz Avenue or Railroad Avenue as an alternative route.

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