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New crosswalk installed across Sunnyside High School

New crosswalk unveiled at Sunnyside High School
Posted at 10:16 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 00:16:22-05

TUCSON, AZ — Before all of the lights and new poles, there was just a regular crosswalk connecting Sunnyside High School to a parking lot across the street.

Public Information Officer for the Sunnyside Unified School District, Victor Mercado, says the only difference before was that there was no lights but there was still a crosswalk sign.

"But I think the added strobes and the different features that are in the crosswalk behind makes as you can see a lot easier for folks to use it especially at night."

The strobe lights are also solar powered.

Other new features include cones with reflectors on both sides of the crosswalk, neon lights on the signs, ADA ramps and pavement markings.

The district says all of this was accomplished because of a team effort between the students, TDOT and the city.

"There was obviously a need for it out here on Bilby and a lot of kids, we have about 2,000 plus students here at the high school so a group of kids got together and said, "hey, you know, can we do better and be able to put the technology in place?"

The district says their main goal is to provide a safe environment for students but says this project will also have a positive impact on everyone in the community to increase pedestrian safety.