|Published:||Dec 20, 2012 6:31 PM EST|
|Updated:||Dec 20, 2012 6:34 PM EST|
FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla.- At any given moment, people can be spotted darting across busy Estero Boulevard. After two deadly accidents, the main drag through Fort Myers Beach is getting some new safety features designed to protect pedestrians.
Over the next month, crosswalks will be repainted and moved to match up with streetlights as part of the Fort Myers Beach Safety Committees new action plan to prevent crashes.
In March, Estero Boulevard became the scene of a deadly accident when the driver of an SUV hit and killed a woman walking a few hundred yards outside a crosswalk.
It happened near Santini Plaza, where 2 new pedestrian refuge crosswalks will be tested in January to give bikers and walkers a safe zone in the center of north and southbound traffic.
Safety committee chairman Bruce Butcher said he and other members tested new LED lights that would draw attention to the crosswalks without disrupting sea turtle nesting.
"Several of us stood in the edge of the crosswalk of the street trying to get traffic to stop, and many cars zoomed right by us through the crosswalk. It was incredible," Butcher said.
The committee is also working on removing more than 100 redundant signs in a 6 mile stretch that have become a distraction for drivers.
"There's a tremendous number of signs on the beach. They've been added over the many years, and what we're trying to do today is reduce that clutter," Butcher said.
Butcher said he's placed work orders for FPL to fix 17 street lamps on the beach, and more lights will be added.
Drivers are also reminded to watch their speed. Two speed checks will be set up to make sure drivers are going the posted 35 mph speed limit.
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