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Lantana Trail crosswalk changes coming

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The crosswalk on Lantana Trail at Stacee Lane will soon sport a new look that should increase safety for pedestrians.

An extension to the center median will allow walkers and bikers to have a “safe refuge” while crossing the thoroughfare.

Currently, pedestrians—mostly students heading to and from Blanton Elementary and Harpool Middle schools–using the crosswalk have to walk in the roadway across all four lanes of traffic.

“The new configuration will provide a place to stop, mid-crossing, and make crossing easier and safer by allowing pedestrians to focus on one direction of traffic at a time,” said Kevin Mercer, Lantana General Manager.

Mercer said the work should take place this week, weather permitting.

“The costs for the crosswalk modification/reconstruction is $8,400 not including the restriping which is in a different contract and also includes additional restriping work throughout Lantana,” said Mercer. “We’re restriping several stop bars at intersections of cross streets at Lantana Trail and several on Golf Club Drive.”

Lantana’s two Fresh Water Supply District boards approved a number of changes to the intersection at their November meeting after reviewing a comprehensive traffic study.

The boards directed Mercer to replace non-compliant signage, add pavement markings at both ends of the school zone, place yield signs at the crosswalk, repair the flashing warning lights at the crosswalk, and make the crosswalk modifications.

The traffic study was prompted after an 8-year-old girl was struck by a turning vehicle at the crosswalk on her way to Blanton Elementary School last April.

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