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New Hawk Signal Near Dover High School


DOVER, Del.- Cars rush down Route 8 past the new Dover High School, and when the school opens next fall, children will have to battle traffic to get inside.

"It's a 50mph zone and it's just not a safety risk any of us parents would want our children to have to make," said Dover planning director Ann Marie Townshend.

So the city of Dover wants to see a hawk signal installed at the east entrance of the school.

"It actually doesn't have a green so it's actually activated when a pedestrian pushes a button, it has a red and a yellow signal and that means a pedestrian is about to cross," said Rich Vetter, of Kent County Planning Organization.

If installed, the signal would be paid for by the capital's school district. But the city says other safety improvements are needed too.

"We've prioritized there are two sections of sidewalk that are missing on the north side of route 8 that are absolutely necessary to get students safely to the signal," said Townshend.

More sidewalks could cost about $4,000.

"We don't want them walking in the shoulder so we're trying to provide a safe means for that, which we feel the best means would be sidewalks," said Townsend.

The city will be meeting with legislators next week to try and get funding for the safety improvements in Dover.

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