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Downtown looks great but Fifth Street needs pedestrian precautions

Downtown looks great but Fifth Street needs pedestrian precautions

POSTED January 3, 2018 9:06 a.m.
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Editor, Ceres Courier,

The almost-completed Ceres downtown revitalization project looks to be a stunning success. Parking spaces and intersections made of brick pavement are classy - as are the many planters, palm trees and old fashioned streetlights. Worthy of particular note are the two archways that display an elevated "CERES" sign and light up at night. Near Ceres Drug Store is a beautiful new midblock crosswalk.

Special thanks is due City Manager Toby Wells and other city officials for the considerable undertaking sure to strengthen business, jobs and our local economy.
That said, Ceres could use a midblock crosswalk on Fifth Street. A good place to put it would be somewhere near a Ceres High School (CHS) fence gate that hundreds of students pass through daily to and from school. Should the crosswalk be installed, blinking LED pavement lights might be added as a safety feature. Blinking crosswalks already exist at different Ceres Schools, including one at CHS on Central Avenue. A Fifth Street midblock crosswalk would likely make it necessary for the existing bus stop area to be moved further north.

I'm proud to be a native Ceres citizen and a 1974 CHS graduate. As a resident on the northernmost section of Fifth Street, it's unfortunate that ever-increasing traffic keeps speeding with motors screaming up and down Fifth Street. A new blinking midblock crosswalk would serve to slow traffic down, offset the noise, and drive public safety forward for students and the general citizenry.

Ken Groves, Jr.,

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soi4: 2 months, 1 week ago

I do tend to agree the downtown area of 4th Street looks very nice. But who in the city signed off for the signage at both ends of the construction. It looks terrible and cheap. Strings of clear light bulbs and cheap looking Ceres signs just hanging there by steel cables. At first look it looks like one is entering a carnival or circus. Especially the view at night. All that is missing are some side show acts and some vending stalls for food. Come on Ceres you have done the pavement and sidewalks right. So now lets remove the signage from this part of the city and replace it with a new signage that is a " Grand Statement " of a sign. Thus giving Ceres Citizens something they will be proud of for years to come. And hopefully generate business growth for all to enjoy. Please do the city right.

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