School crossing

Three more Longview school zones will soon get improved safety features, including flashing lights and speed signs to remind drivers to slow down.

Longview council members Thursday night are expected to approve a contract to upgrade school zones at Mount Solo Middle School, Broadway Learning Center and St. Rose School by installing flashing beacons and speed signs. The contract also includes installing flashing lights at the Beech Street/20th Avenue crosswalk.

City Traffic engineer Manuel Abarca said he expects the project to be completed early next year. Eventually, he said, the city will make safety improvements to all school zones in the city.

“We had decided that we wanted citywide consistency,” Abarca said.

Longview began with “high-volume” school zones, Abarca said, such as Mark Morris High School and Kessler Elementary.

The bid from Woodland’s Northeast Electric LLC came in at $145,000, $100,000 less than the city engineering estimate. Most of the project will be paid for by a state Safe Routes to Schools Grant.

The remaining cost will be paid out of the city’s public safety fund, a pool that came from tickets from photo enforcement cameras and designated for traffic and school improvements. Council members earlier this year voted to remove the photo enforcement cameras by the end of this year.

Contact Daily News reporter Hayat Norimine at 360-577-7828

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