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Dangerous intersection in Forestville gets safety overhaul

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It is a major safety overhaul for one of the deadliest stretches of road in Maryland -- Pennsylvania Avenue between Donnell Drive and Walters Lane in Forestville.

There have been 12 pedestrian crashes there in the last four years. Many of them fatalities.

"It's crazy,” says Jackie Palmer. “Cars never stop and most of them are speeding.”

Prince George's County officials have teamed up with the Maryland State Highway Administration to try to improve pedestrian safety here, just in time for the start of the new school year next week.

A new $186,000 crossing signal, in the middle of the block is the key, especially for pedestrians trying to get to nearby shopping and eateries.

"It's really needed here. It's so dangerous," says Gary Hines.

One thing walkers need to know: it is a pedestrian activated signal. Once the button is pushed, traffic will be stopped. Pedestrians then have 30 seconds to cross.

Besides the signal, there are new signs and flashing lights to alert motorists in both directions about the pedestrian crossing up ahead. A very loud beep also sounds while people cross.

"I'm glad it's here. Long overdue," Palmer says. "It should cut down a lot on the accidents around here."

It is improved pedestrian safety just in time for the start of the new school year on Monday.

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