Ideas For Red Light Camera Money - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Neighborhoods: Use Money From Red Light Cameras For Crosswalks, Speed Signs

SPOKANE, Wash. - For more than a year the City of Spokane has collected money from red light traffic cameras, and for more than a month the City has asked residents how to spend it.

City ordinance mandates the money be spent on measures to calm or slow traffic on neighborhood streets. The City asked citizens and neighborhood councils to submit proposals for the money.

City Hall received 44 proposals by the June 11th deadline. More than half of the ideas asked for speed indicator signs or crosswalk.

A proposal for a flashing light over a crosswalk near 33rd and Grand Boulevard described an, "extremely dangerous pedestrian crossing."

Another proposal described a faded crosswalk near Ferris High School which students use to get to school: "There is supposed to be a crosswalk there, but only the very edges next to the sidewalk is visible."

City engineers will review the proposals to determine which ideas are feasible legally and based on the amount of space at each proposed site.

The City Council will determine which proposals will be selected and how the money will be spent.

The deadline to submit a proposal was June 11th, but authorities say other ideas can be submitted for consideration next year.

KHQ Local News Reporter Anthony Gomes contributed to this report.

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