Engineering for the light has already consumed roughly $16,000, said Langley, including the cost of the design consultant study. He acknowledged that sometimes too many traffic lights can become a problem, “but in this case we feel this is warranted.” His engineers worked closely with the pastor in deciding the best way to aid pedestrians.
The mayor attended Thursday’s subcommittee meeting to encourage the council to approve the light, which won the support of the full council later in the evening.
Getting pedestrians to push the button, however, will mean getting them to use the crosswalk — something that hasn’t always happened in the past. Lewis has pledged to discourage jaywalkers among his flock.
“I was so pleased,” said Caton, who watched the meeting on television. “This will make a difference, so another person doesn’t get injured or, worse, killed like my dad. ... I would never want another family to go through what we did.”
Langley said the project has to be put out to bid, and construction could be hampered by problems associated with the winter. “Unfortunately it will be dependent on weather,” he said.
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