School Zone Flashing Signal Upgrade
School zone flashing signals now include new technology and solar power.
Six electric flasher devices were replaced with solar-powered units, bringing the citywide total to 11 flashing units powered entirely by the sun. In addition, old hardware inside all of the flasher units was replaced with new computers on which can be uploaded school year calendars that operate the beacons only with schools are in session. The computers can also be programmed for weather delays, late starts and early-dismissals. Rear-facing flashing beacons have been added to each hazard pole to reinforce school zone locations and warn motorists that drive into a zone from mid-block or side street or driveway that they are within an active school zone. The work was funded by combination of gas tax money, license fees and general fund revenue. Watch the video on this Access Delaware project.
Rear-facing beacons on William Street, near Carlisle School, will be added when the units are replaced as part of the East William St widening project in 2019.