Back-to-School safety: New signs at elementary school increase visibility for children

The LED crosswalk sign is pictured outside of Aiken Elementary School on Tuesday afternoon.

ONTARIO — The crosswalk in front of Aiken Elementary School in Ontario is a little bit more visible now, as new flashing LED crosswalk signs have been installed at the crosswalk in front of the school.

According to Aiken Elementary Principal Tobey Huddleston, the LED signs at Aiken Elementary were inspired by the signs put up between Ontario Middle School and Ontario Community Library.

“I just love the crosswalk at the middle school,” Huddleston said.

Huddleston said that pedestrian safety has always been a concern at Aiken Elementary, as it sits at the corner of W. Idaho Avenue and Verde Drive, two major streets in Ontario.

Huddleston said she contacted Casey Mordhorst of CH2M in March and the ball began rolling from there.

“The whole process was very smooth,” she said. “The city was all for it.”

The signs were installed on Aug. 6.

According to Ontario City Manager Adam Brown, the flashing LED signs at Ontario Middle School cost about $2,000 each.

“It’s a lot of benefit and not a lot of money,” Brown said.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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