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Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 3:11 pm

Chandler has installed three new mid-block crosswalks along Arizona Avenue with recessed in-pavement lights that flash when activated by a pedestrian, according to a news release.

Part of recent road and streetscape improvements, the flashing crosswalk lights are the first of their kind in Chandler and are located between Frye Road and Chandler Boulevard.

Traffic engineering staff felt the flashing lights were important since mid-block crossings are rare and pose a special hazard on a four-lane road, the release said.

"The most common type of pedestrian accident is when one lane of traffic stops for a pedestrian, but the driver in the second lane does not," Mike Mah, city transportation engineer, said in the release. "These in-pavement lights will improve traffic safety by alerting drivers in all lanes of traffic that a pedestrian is present."

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