Vestal Parkway will feature a new hybrid pedestrian safety signal in an effort to keep students safe while crossing the busy road.

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The New York State Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon was installed on Vestal Parkway between the intersections of Clayton Avenue and State Route 26. The new crosswalk signal can be activated by pedestrians and will cause the traffic lights at the intersection to flash yellow, alerting drivers that pedestrians are preparing to cross. The new Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon will allow students to cross Vestal Parkway for Clayton Avenue Elementary School and Vestal High School safely.

"We are pleased that New York State Department of Transportation has partnered with the Town of Vestal as we continue to make the safety of our residents and Vestal School District students a top priority," said Vestal Town Supervisor John Schaffer. "The new pedestrian safety signal is an important addition to that busy area of the Vestal Parkway. We thank the DOT for the continued great work."

"As students head back to school, their safety is always our top priority," said Broome County Executive Jason Garner. "The installation of this signal will help ensure a safe route for kids walking to and from school in this area of Vestal. I appreciate NYSDOT's efforts that will give parents additional peace of mind when their children head out the door in the morning."

The new crossing signals are the latest in a line of improvements to pedestrian safety on Vestal Parkway, including the Greenway project currently under construction from downtown Binghamton to Vestal.

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