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Crosswalk to be added near achievement center

Residents on Martin Luther King Jr. Street have worked with City of Thomson officials and not only will the neighborhood benefit, but the school system will as well.

The City of Thomson will soon put up a three-way stop and crosswalk at the end of West Street in front of McDuffie Achievement Center.

"We liked the idea, because there are children who are walking that street there, and we're concerned about their safety," Thomson City Administrator Don Powers said. "There will be a crosswalk there so people will have to stop."

Mr. Powers said the crosswalk will be painted with "heavy duty reflective paint" by a professional.

City government officials recently began neighborhood meetings with residents on Martin Luther King Jr. Street, and the idea came from the residents.

"We've been addressing some issues that they're concerned about," Mr. Powers said. "We're in the beginning stages of helping those residents take ownership of their neighborhood. ... We've been trying to get it off the ground for about a year, and now we are getting things done."

Web posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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