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Rehoboth Beach to Improve Pedestrian Crosswalk Safety Along Rehoboth Avenue

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - Lighting and new signage are a few of the additions that were proposed to improve pedestrian safety along Rehoboth Avenue at the Rehoboth Beach commissioners meeting on Monday.

Rehoboth Beach Chief of Police Keith Banks identified Third, fourth and fifth street crosswalks as areas of focus for pedestrian safety. He recommended that the city repaint the crosswalks, trim shrubs and bushes to maintain pedestrian visibility and add pedestrian crossing signs with motion censored lighting.

The crosswalks will be repainted next spring before the summer season begins.

"Locals understand that it is a crosswalk but a lot of our visitors don't understand and people need to slow down and stop for pedestrians," said Banks.

Dani Sawchuk said she walks with her family often along Rehoboth Avenue. She said she's extra cautious when crossing because drivers don't go the speed limit.

"It's dangerous. It gets scary, [drivers are] a lot faster than the speed limit posted so they're flying by at 35, 40 miles per hour and to cross the street with a baby is almost impossible," said Sawchuk.

The costs of crosswalk lighting and signs are being determined. The board of commissioners will approve the additions at a later date. 

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