Bad weather forced East Tennessee State University administrators to cancel night classes Thursday, the first day of the new semester, but students there for the day class load noticed bright yellow flashing signs at crosswalks installed as an effort to improve pedestrian safety on the 15,000-student campus.
Shawn Benson, director of campus planning at ETSU, said work crews recently installed 20 flashing pedestrian crossing signs at the busier crosswalks around campus.
These signs have LED lights that flash and are powered with solar panels attached to the tops.
“The intent is to attract the attention of an approaching motorist,” Benson said. “We tried to locate them at the highest traffic areas of campus. Like I said, the intent is to augment pedestrian safety but to do it in a way that uses only sustainable energy sources and to do it in a way that sort of adds aesthetic appeal to the campus.”
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