Ashland hears crosswalk options

Ashland's Traffic Safety Commission takes up the issue of crosswalk safety tonight.

The meeting, at 7 p.m. in council chambers at Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St., follows an accident this month in which a Southern Oregon University student was hit by a car while crossing Siskiyou Boulevard at Garfield Street. The student later died.

A car grazed another student crossing the street nearby this week.

At its meeting tonight, the commission is scheduled to consider a host of possible changes for the thoroughfare, including lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, installing flashers and rumble strips, increasing street lighting and reducing the number of crosswalks without signals.

SOU distributed bright orange flags at the crosswalks for pedestrians to use to alert motorists to their presence, but witnesses this week said many were not using the flags.

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