FORT WORTH A dangerous crosswalk near Keller Independent School District schools will soon be upgraded to improve visibility.
The crosswalk at Funnel Street across Alta Vista Road in north Fort Worth has had “a lot of near-misses” and one pedestrian has been struck recently, said Alonzo Linan, assistant director for the Transportation and Public Works Department. The crosswalk is a busy one for kids who live nearby: Independence Elementary, Caprock Elementary, Trinity Springs Middle, Trinity Meadows Intermediate and Timber Creek High schools are all within walking distance in the residential area.
Linan said that “because of public encouragement,” the city is quickly enhancing the intersection’s safety to add a pedestrian-activated flasher. It’s a solar-powered light system operated by pedestrians, who push a button on either side or in the middle of the intersection to alert oncoming vehicles that someone is walking in the street.
“It will be much more effective for pedestrian safety,” Linan said.
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Only a few of these crosswalk alert systems are in place in Fort Worth, but this one is expected to be set up within two or three weeks.