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New flashing beacons for pedestrians installed at SE Portland intersections

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The City of Portland is taking steps to improve some of the city's most dangerous crosswalks.

New flashing beacons have been installed through out southeast Portland.

One of the beacons was installed along SE 156th and Division after three pedestrians died at that location in just the last couple of years, one as recent as last month.

On Monday, a spokesperson with PBOT talked about how important it is to make Portland roads safer for both pedestrians and drivers. City leaders hope these flashing safety beacons will be one tool that helps.

Crews will be deploying new lights to heavily traveled roads over the next couple of weeks. The goal is to make pedestrians much more visible to drivers on multi-lane streets like Division.

Kim Stone lost her son Joe a couple of years ago when he was hit and killed trying to walk across division. She thinks improvements like these might save lives.

"I believe that if the crosswalk had been fitted with rapid flashing beacons when it was first built the driver would have stopped and Joe would be alive today."

The other locations that will be getting these flashing beacons will be along two other intersections along SE Division, including 122nd and Boise.

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