New flashing warning signs approved for school crossing

Broadway crosswalk among city’s busiest

KING CITY — King City Council has approved a pair of new solar-powered flashing warning signs for the crosswalk serving King City High School at Broadway and Canal streets to improve the safety of students and other pedestrians walking in the area.

City staff recently received a request from Superintendent Brian Walker of the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District to install the signs as a way to increase the visibility of students crossing the street in front of oncoming vehicles.

“There is a significant amount of traffic and students crossing the street at that location,” said City Manager Steve Adams in his Aug. 22 report to the council. “Therefore, the purpose of the request is to increase pedestrian safety at the uncontrolled crosswalk.”

Project costs are estimated at $24,000 for installation of the lights and $6,000 for design and related services.

The total proposed costs of $30,000 will be shared among the City of King, school district and O’Reilly Auto Parts since the traffic improvements are “related to the construction of their project and traffic at their location,” Adams said.

The City’s share of the costs is about $10,000.

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