Pedestrian lights added to Park West intersection

By Tessa

MOUNT PLEASANT, S. C. (WCIV)- Pedestrians and motorists will notice a change at one Park West intersection.

New pedestrian safety lights have been installed in both directions at the crosswalk{}on Park West Boulevard near the town's recreation center and Cario Middle.

This comes just a few short months after a young girl was struck by a pick-up truck at the intersection earlier this year while she was in a marked crosswalk.

"I think it's important to note the collective effort that took place when you take the residents and the homeowner's association from Park West, the Town of Mount Pleasant, the Charleston County School District and the sheriff's department that collectively came together to put together the best plan for safety for the road out front," said Mount Pleasant town councilman Kenneth Glasson.

Since the accident, questions arose about why there was no crossing guard so the Town of Mount Pleasant assigned a police officer to the crosswalk and worked to get the new lights installed.

When it came to footing the bill for the project "the money was in the budget but we really didn't consider that as an obstacle for us to move forward," said Glasson.

"It's going to be a 24-hour, seven day a week piece of equipment that actually will identify the sight line for a driver coming up," said Glasson. "So it's important to note that safety feature will be there on weekends and nights when the children are crossing over to the rec department, not just during the school district days."

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