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Decatur begins installing pedestrian hybrid beacon near Westchester Elmentary

Crime and public safety Decatur

Decatur begins installing pedestrian hybrid beacon near Westchester Elmentary

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There will soon be a new pedestrian hybrid beacon at Westchester Elementary.

According to the city, installation of the beacon began the week of Sept. 16.

“Requiring vehicles to stop in both directions, a [pedestrian hybrid] is a pedestrian-activated traffic signal for those crossing the street at a midblock location rather than at an intersection,” the city’s Decatur Makeover website says. “Once installed, it will contribute to the long-pursued goal of an improved safe route for students and others in proximity to the school.”

The city says there will be vehicle and pedestrian access during the installation, which is expected to be finished this fall.

Parents at Westchester Elementary have been lobbying for safety improvements near the school for years.

Traffic along Scott Boulevard has been a running concern for Westchester Elementary parents almost from the time the school reopened in 2014.

Parents rallied and got the School Board to support additional safety improvements, like reducing the speed limit along the busy road and improving crosswalks and traffic signals.

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