NINE MILE FALLS, Wash. – Parents and the Nine Mile Falls School District have spent the past year lobbying to get flashing crosswalk signs at the intersection of Highway 291 and South Swenson-Williams Road.
The crosswalk is the only one in the area that allows pedestrians to cross the street to get to Rosauer’s, the high school and the county library.
Without obvious signage, drivers speed through the intersection without seeing the crosswalk.
Parents in the area said they saw too many close calls as students tried to cross the street to get to school in the morning.
In February 2016, KREM 2 News did a story on the traffic issues in the area. By April, the Washington State Department of Transportation heard the need and decided to install the flashing signs before the school year started.
“What we have here is an effort joint together that made a difference. They, at the last meeting in early April, made the early decision to authorize this,” said parent Mike Crouse.
Parents who led the movement said it was a joint effort that eventually got the state and county lawmakers to rally with them.