After a ceremonial flip of the switch Friday, May 6, a new traffic signal at the intersection of Madison Avenue and Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena will be fully operational.
But first, a community celebration with refreshments and pedestrian safety lessons are in order.
The intersection has a crosswalk heavily used by families who live in the neighborhood and walk to Madison Elementary School . The new signal was installed as part of an ongoing citywide effort to enhance pedestrian safety.
The community is invited to the one-hour celebration, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. More than 50 Madison Elementary School students, families and staff will take part in the event as well.
Speakers will include Pasadena City Councilman Victor Gordo, who represents District 5, and Madison Elementary School Principal Carmen Serrano. Pasadena police officers and firefighters will remind students of the rules for crossing the street safely.
During the event, Madison Avenue will be closed to traffic between Orange Grove Boulevard and Ashtabula Street so participants can gather safely near the intersection. The Pasadena Transportation Department will have the traffic signal set at flashing red the night before.
At about 9:30 a.m. when the festivities are completed, the flip will be switched on, participants will cross the street with the help of the signal and the street will be open to traffic.
For more information call (626) 744-4741.