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New Pedestrian Cross Walk in Jerome

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By Benito Baeza

The intersection of South Lincoln and Avenue I in Jerome is where a pedestrian was hit by a car. The driver was charged but was found not at fault by the court.
This is the intersection today.
As city and economic leaders dedicate a new cross walk that stops traffic.
Mayor John Shine says this has always been a busy spot on Lincoln Street.
"it's a very busy intersection, its one of our little strip mall here in Jerome we've got one of our major grocery stores as well as a number of other businesses."
Dan Hall, Jerome Chief of Police says "this is a busy intersection where a lot of pedestrians try to cross, and we've had problems before, with pedestrian and vehicle collisions."
Now the city hopes that this cross walk will make it much safer with help from the Jerome Urban Renewal agency who bought the light for about $50-thousand dollars.
Marge Schmidt, urban renewal agency chair says "we're like every other city, moneys tight and so this was our best next option."
The city was able to buy a second light that will be installed on North Lincoln near the new middle and elementary schools which is another busy crossing.
For now pedestrians can feel a little safer when they head to the grocery store.


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