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Intersection Gets Upgraded Crosswalk

(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Whats a “Danish Offset”?

Its a kind of special crosswalk aimed at improving safety and saving lives.

And there is now one coming to a local intersection.

Clark County Commissioner Mary Beth Scow and Congresswoman Dina Titus unveiled new additions to the pedestrian crossing at Maryland Parkway and Reno Avenue.

The two officials turned on the new pedestrian-activated flashing lights that warn drivers when people are crossing the street. At a ceremony Thursday, they also cut a ribbon on the median of the new “Danish offset” crosswalk there.

The offset forces pedestrians to face oncoming traffic before they cross the second half of road. It makes them more aware of whether vehicles have stopped for them or not.

The offset includes a median island that links the crosswalks for each half of the road. Those two halves do not line up with one another, and are instead offset. A news release from the county says additional improvements in this project include new pavement, striping, signs and a set of school zone flashers for Dailey and Ward elementary schools.

Pedestrian safety has become a high priority for local authorities. There were 47 pedestrian-related fatalities in the Metro Police jurisdiction in 2013.

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