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Reader suggests school-zone lights on SE Fourth St.


Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 9:51 p.m.

School zones and crosswalks are on the minds of a few readers.

Judy Barker believes school-zone lights are needed on Southeast Fourth Street by the Caring and Sharing Learning School.

“SE 4th Street is such a busy street, especially in front of the school where city buses as well as school buses stop,” she wrote in an email. “The ... signs listing school zone hours are barely visible behind trees. So many speed through this area not realizing this is a school zone while small children are attempting to cross the street to go to school.”

Phil Mann, Gainesville assistant public works director, said he has contacted the Florida Department of Transportation regarding lights.

“Public Works determines the location of school zones based upon Florida statutes and FDOT standards,” Mann said in an email. “The Caring and Sharing School has a school zone. We have requested an FDOT grant to upgrade the zone to flashers (which are not required).”

Mann added the city is checking with the state to determine the viability of the request.

Meanwhile, Thamara Stephenson wrote about the need for a crosswalk near the 3100 block of Northwest 43rd Street at the Alachua County Library Millhopper branch.

Stephenson said Gainesville Regional Transit System bus 43 stops there and that people crossing the street to get the bus often have to wait in the turn lanes in the middle of the street.

“VERY dangerous and an accident waiting to happen. I have had to stand there so long that the bus finally comes by and I miss my ride,” she said. “There needs to be a crosswalk there and/or a light of some kind. There are many bus riders that access this library and it’s the same problem for riders that get off there coming from Santa Fe College and trying to get to the library.”

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