New traffic signals improve safety for students heading back to school


For one central Ohio school district, the quickest walk to school may not have been the safest. In fact, for many New Albany students, the walk from their cars to campus looked more like a game of Frogger.

New Albany High School sits along several busy roadways that students were crossing to get to class.

The situation was dangerous, until recently when the district and the community came together to solve the issue.

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Two new traffic signals were installed, one at Fodor Road and high school entrance and a second at the Harlem Road and Dublin-Granville Road intersection.

The lights are timed with busy school hours, such as 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 9 p.m.

"Now I think what you're going to see is that it's a very short light that just allows groups of students to transition quickly and it's not going to be, I don't think it's going to be a big deterrent to people who are trying to get to work on time," said Jon Hood, New Albany-Plain Local Schools director of student services, safety and security.

While Hood told 10TV that he was not aware of any incidents involving students crossing the street in the past, the district hopes the change will prevent the possibility of issues down the road.

Other districts interested in pursuing a similar project should be advised that it wasn't easy to get to this point.

Before installing the new traffic signals, New Albany had to go through traffic assessments, various approvals, and clearances from the Department of Transportation.