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OB community celebrates crosswalk project near school

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday for the installation of a mid-block crosswalk on Santa Monica Avenue in Ocean Beach between Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and Ebers Street.

The crosswalk, which has been in the works for seven years, is being installed to improve pedestrian safety at Ocean Beach Elementary School. Four years ago, community volunteers led the effort to provide safer conditions for students by dedicating their mornings and afternoons to act as crossing guards to direct the mid-block traffic.

Community leader Nicole Burgess applied for and received a grant to fund orange cones, signage, vests and materials to support the Safe Routes to School Program, and ensure the safety of the Ocean Beach Elementary students.

The crosswalk project received support from the Ocean Beach Town Council and the Ocean Beach Planning Board. Funding for the crosswalk street light was identified, and the raised mid-block crosswalk was installed.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, an assembly was held at Ocean Beach Elementary School where San Diego police officer Amber Banning and Bike San Diego board member Nicole Burgess shared street safety best practices with the students.

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