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Ask Joe: When will new crossing lights on Kietzke in Reno be working?

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From the Ask Joe file, we are looking into a question about pedestrian safety and some new crossing lights in town.

One of our viewers phoned in this week and pointed out there are several new crossing lights on Kietzke Lane in Reno, but he points out the lights aren't working yet.

His question is, when will they be working?

Here's what I found out:

There are three new crossings on Kietzke, which is good because that is a very busy street. The new crossings are at Apple, East Taylor and Roberts streets, and they were installed in April.

So why aren't the lights working yet? I checked with the city, but it turns out this is an NDOT project.

Meg Ragonese with NDOT says the signals should be activated by the end of June. This is part of a $1 million project to improve pedestrian safety. Once they are operational, you'll be able to push a button to activate the electronic flashing lights to warn motorists to stop as you're crossing the street.

Those are busy intersections; NDOT says almost 100 pedestrians cross Kietzke on a daily basis so safety is a big concern. And these improvements should be a big help.

Once again, those crossings will be hooked up and operational next week. So keep that in mind -- whether you're crossing the street or driving, we all need to be as aware as possible to cut down on pedestrian accidents

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