Winston-Salem to begin construction on school intersections to improve safety

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The City of Winston-Salem will soon begin construction on eight school intersections to improve safety for students and bicyclists.

The $2.5 million improvement project will be paid for through the city bond money.

Judi Wallace with Safer Routes For Schools helps the city’s transportation department identify unsafe crosswalks and intersections in school zones.

“We have a number of schools in the city that do have sidewalks, but sometimes the crossings are not safe enough,” Wallace said. “We want to make crosswalks visible and have visible good signage so motorists understand they need to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks.”

The following eight schools will receive sidewalk, crosswalk, curb ramps pedestrian sign and/or signals:

  • North Forsyth High School along Shattalon Drive.
  • Mineral Springs Elementary and Middle School along Ogburn Avenue and Motor Road.
  • Sherwood Forest Elementary along Chester and Peace Haven Road.
  • Redeemer School and Forsyth Technical Community College along Silas Creek Parkway and Miller Street.
  • Forest Park Elementary School along Waughtown and Peachtree Street.
  • Diggs-Latham Elementary School along Hutton Street.
  • Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy along Cameron Ave and 12th and 14th Street.

The intersection improvements are scheduled to be completed by June 2017.