DAVIDSON, NC — Town leaders in Davidson hope flashing lights will help improve pedestrian safety at crosswalks. The effort comes three years after a car struck and killed Professor Robert Whitten as he crossed the street near Davidson College.
The lights activate when someone presses the button to cross. The town has also added better lighting and more signs warning drivers they’re approaching a crosswalk.
“Davidson, like the other towns, is experiencing significant growth,” said Davidson Mayor John Woods. “And with that growth, comes the challenges of traffic congestion. And traffic speed. And pedestrian safety.”
A $120,000 grant from the NC DOT paid for the lights at both traffic circles entering Davidson, and the intersection of Davidson Concord Road and Robert Walker Drive.