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Safety zone grant will bring more flashing light systems

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- The city of Yakima is making more school zones safer. They recently got a grant to put in more flashing beacons, signs and lights. The federal grant will ease traffic around the four local elementary schools that don't have the complete lighting systems.

The city recently followed up and got more funding to add the lighting system to Franklin Middle School. "We requested for them to make an exception and possibly allow us to do a middle school because of the traffic congestion on Tieton Drive. And the roadway is compromised a bit with the width."

The Yakima elementary schools are Roosevelt, Summitview and Robertson. Wide Hollow in West Valley is also on the list. Traffic will not be affected while the equipment is being installed. Betker says they hope to get the projects done by the fall.

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