The City of La Grande will soon receive some safety improvements on Washington and Cove avenues.

At Wednesday night’s city council meeting, Kyle Carpenter, the city’s public works director, reported the city will be using nearly $300,000 in federal funding to go to three projects.

The first one will install eight “stop ahead” warning signs and replace 19 existing stop signs with solar flashing LED signs along Washington Avenue. These signs will be at various intersections between Fourth Street and Island Avenue, according to the informational packet provided by the city.

The second improvement project will be on Cove Avenue, where seven intersection warning signs, four double arrow warning signs of turning lanes and seven “stop ahead” warning signs will be installed and five solar flashing LED stop signs will replace existing signs.

This project will also include the installation of a solar-powered rectangular rapid flash beacon light at various intersections between Willow Street and Walton Road. One will be installed at the intersection of Cove Avenue and Albany Street, near the Union County Senior Center. The beacons can be activated by a button on either side of the street to warn drivers that a pedestrian is using the crosswalk, Carpenter told the council.

See more in Friday's edition of The Observer.

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