Flashing light signs to return to Salem School Highway 83 crossing

This Highway 83 crosswalk at Salem School will soon have new flashing signs designed to catch the attention of motorists .

The Highway 83 crosswalk at Salem School will again have a flashing light sign in the near future.

District administrator David Milz told the Salem School Board Tuesday night that the lighted sign will be a cooperative project between the district and the Salem town government. The two entities will split the $6,500 cost of the sign and new striping 50/50.

The crosswalk used to have a flashing light sign before widening and other improvements were made to Highway 83. The flashing sign was never restored and school maintenance supervisor Gary Aull has been working to replace it with a new flashing sign ever since, Milz said.

Recently, Aull has been coordinating with Salem public safety Officer David Shortess to get the new signs and striping approved, Milz said.

“I think it’s a nice representation of the town and the school working together,” Milz said.

There will eventually be a new flashing sign facing in each direction of traffic flow. The signs will be solar powered and have a battery life of about six to seven years, Milz said.

“There’s minimal maintenance,” Milz said.


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