Roswell to cut ribbon for new signalized crosswalk

Roswell city officials invite the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, June 11, to celebrate the completion of a new, $329,000 pedestrian crossing of Houze Road (Ga. 140) at Saddle Creek Drive.

The event begins at 12:30 p.m. to unveil the “Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacons” serving the Saddle Creek subdivision. Street parking will be available at 831 Rounsaville Road; the project also produced a new trail connection to Rounsaville.

“The scope of the project included a raised median island and crosswalk with signalized beacons to more aggressively alert motorists to the presence of pedestrians,” according to a city announcement.

The pedestrian-activated beacons will show an alternating flashing pattern to alert drivers to stop, as required by state law for pedestrians in a crosswalk. They are “the same type of warning signals installed at the new roundabout at Hembree Road, about one-quarter mile south of Saddle Creek Drive,” the city said.

Houze carries about 16,000 vehicles per day, and crossing it can be difficult, officials said.