Safety Crosswalks in cooper young historic district

By Tamara Cook

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The Cooper Young Business Association is pleased to announce the finalization of Phase One of their Business District Safety Crosswalk project.  The Safety Crosswalk project started in 2015 in a meeting of then Board Members of the CYBA discussing ways to calm speeding traffic along Cooper Street.  Speeding cars and several incidents of pedestrians being hit by motor vehicles facilitated the concern of persons crossing Cooper Street safely during the day and especially at night.
The ten-foot wide crosswalks located at Felix and Oliver crossing Cooper Street include four (4) solar powered Carmanah R920 Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon signs that generate a flashing strobe when an activation button is hit by a pedestrian to cross the street.  The flashing lights last roughly 24 seconds.  Advance Pedestrian Warning Signs of the crosswalks were also installed just 100 feet of each set of signs.
Just under $90,000 in funding for the crosswalk project was generated over the last several years from Cooper Young Festival proceeds.  An additional $30,000 in grant funding by Shelby County Commissioners Reginald Milton and Terry Roland in March of 2016 helped to finalize the cost of Phase One.    
Phase Two of the Safety Crosswalk project will be the installation of three (3) solar powered SpeedCheck 15 LED digit signs along with Traffic Analyzer and Slow Down Message in specific entrances to the popular business district located at the intersection of Cooper and Young.  By 2020, speeding motorists will see a “Slow Down” message on signs located near Evelyn, Meda, and Southern Avenue.  Motorist will see what the speed limit should be and what speed they are traveling at with an alternating Slow Down message.

It is our vision to make the Cooper Young Historic District as safe as possible to our patrons, residents, school children and business staff who frequently walk down our streets.

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