New crosswalk increases safety

The city of Caledonia has taken a step to increase safety at the intersection of Esch and Highway 44 with the installation of electric crosswalks.

The crosswalks, which cost $50,000, are funded by the city, with the intention of maintaining safety during times when there are no crossing guards.

“We’re not only making it safe for kids traveling to school, but also the people going to Witts Pharmacy, Alco and Dairy Queen,” City Electrician Matt Blocker said.

In order to activate the crosswalks, the pedestrian must slide their finger across an electronic pad on the pole, which will cause the overhead light to blink, telling the cars to  stop.

– Lauren Perry