BRANDON - According to Thomas Kerker, project manager for David Nelson Construction in Palm Harbor, "if all goes right . unless Mother Nature's just awful to us, by Fourth of July weekend we should be doing clean-up work and be done" with the signalization work at Brandon High School.
Brandon is one of 22 schools in the School Safety Circulation Access Program, a joint project between Hillsborough County Public Schools and Hillsborough County Public Works. Signal lights were installed at some of the schools. Queuing lanes for student drop-offs and pick-ups were added or enlarged, lessening annoying delays for non-school traffic.
The intersection of Victoria and Meade streets, in front of Brandon High School, was re-designed last summer, with re-positioned crosswalks, two turn lanes added and another lengthened. It soon will have a traffic light with left-turn arrows and pedestrian-crossing countdowns to aid students' safe navigation across Victoria Street to and from the school.
The light will be on a timer and will be monitored, so it can be adjusted, if necessary, said Kerker. There also will be a loop detector under the asphalt to trip the light when cars approach a red light.
Students and their families began requesting changes in the safety of the intersection in December 2006, when 15-year-old Camden Allen White was hit by a car and killed there on his way to school.
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