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Raised crosswalks coming to Medford

Posted by Jarret Bencks  June 14, 2013 09:27 AM

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Raised crosswalks will be coming to three streets in Medford in coming weeks as part of a pilot program, Mayor Michael McGlynn said Thursday.

Harvard Street in South Medford, Central Avenue in Glenwood and Winthrop Street in the Hillside will each have pre-existing crosswalks replaced with raised ones, McGlynn said.

A push from residents to find a way to slow down traffic along Winthrop Street began in 2011 when a teenage girl was hit by a car while crossing near George Street. The raised crosswalks serve as speed bumps.

"It's scary, the drivers are mindless," Clark Street resident Julian Orbanes said. "We hope this is the beginning of a new Winthrop Street."

The raised crosswalk on Winthrop Street will be installed in between intersections with Orchard and Dearborn streets. Installation will begin next week.

The crosswalks will cost about $41,000 each, including $6,000 for drainage, McGlynn said.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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