New signs seek pedestrian safety
Specially marked yield signs in pedestrian crosswalks are part of an experimental program the city has launched to help improve traffic/pedestrian safety.
The signs cost $300 each (for the sign and the mounting system). The Traffic Safety Board has ordered two more signs to go along with the those currently posted near the intersection of Jackson and Main Street on American Legion and South 10th East and on American Legion and 14th street. The new signs will be posted within the next six weeks.
The purpose for the new signs is to aid pedestrian traffic downtown and at school crosswalks. Police Chief John Walter feels that the signs are the most effective on uncontrolled intersections
The signs posted at American Legion and South 10th have helped slow down traffic for children crossing the street at Hacker after school.
"There may be some people out there with a negative opinion, but the (overall) feedback we've gotten is positive," said Walter.
"This is not a permanent solution, we just hope it is something that in the near future, would provide lighted crosswalks or stop lights," said Councilman Russ Anderson, the city council's liaison to the traffic safety board.
Walter added that the signs will benefit Mountain Home.
'"I think it will make Mountain Home a little more pedestrian (friendly)," he said.