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May 16, 2018 4:56 PM

Flashing Beacon Crosswalk Damaged on South Lumpkin Street near Earth Fare

The damaged equipment was due to a hit and run vehicle accident. Temporary poles and signs that meet federal standards were installed until the flashing beacons can be replaced. It will take 4-6 weeks due to recent delays with the specialized parts.

On Tuesday, May 15, a vehicle traveling south on South Lumpkin Street struck the lighted Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) crosswalk assembly and other pedestrian crossing signage on the west side of South Lumpkin Street near Earth Fare. The signage and equipment was severely damaged as a result.

Staff from the Traffic Engineering Division of the Athens-Clarke County Transportation and Public Works Department have temporarily installed new poles and signs that allow the crosswalk to meet Federal Highway Administration requirements, although they do not include the flashing beacons.

The flashing beacons will be replaced. However, due to recent delays in shipping the specialized parts required for RRFB repairs, it is anticipated that the replacement of the flashing beacons at this location may take 4-6 weeks. Drivers and pedestrians in the area should use extra caution until the repairs are made.

The Athens-Clarke County Police Department reports that the accident was a hit and run incident. Anyone with information about the accident or damage to the flashing beacon equipment should contact the Police Department at 706-613-3330.

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