New East Main crossing opens in Springfield

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Sherry Varo died crossing Main Street in Springfield, prompting a review of pedestrian safety there.

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A new pedestrian safety crossing on East Main in Springfield is all set to go.

The Oregon Department of Transportation put the finishing touches on the $68,000 project Oct. 19 and it's open for use.

It's built at Main and 51st, the same place where Thurston High School student Sherry Varo tried to cross last year and was struck and killed.

Officials hope this is the first of several crossings.

 "We have as many as 8 additional locations identified for pedestrian crossings and there are other improvements in there, such as improved street lighting and some traffic control devices," ODOT's Area 5 manager Sonny Chickering told KVAL News.

The new crossing has pedestrian activated Rapid Flashing Beacons, which alert the traffic to stop.  It uses a modified existing concrete median in the center to be used as a pedestrian refuge and there are ADA approved ramps on the East Main sidewalks.

The agency is close to finishing a safety study for Main from 20th out to 73rd. It's covering everything from crash data to best places to put more of these crossings. 

The Springfield City Council will take a look at the findings in December.