Safety improvements made to Providence intersection

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Freshly painted crosswalks at the intersection of Potter Avenue and Dexter Street is one of the several changes the city of Providence has promised after two children were hit by a car while crossing the street with their grandmother.

“After we got notification about the accident and contacted by Councilman Jennings, we came out here and do an assessment of what measures we could put into effect immediately,” said Michael Borg, Director of the Providence Department of Public Works.

The four new crosswalks replaced the two faded ones that have seen 27 crashes at the intersection with the last 18 months.

Other improvements include a pedestrian yield sign, pedestrian crossing signs at all four corners, and a crossing guard every morning and afternoon during peak hours.

“Hopefully something tragic will not happen again,” said Providence Councilman for Ward 8 Wilbur Jennings.

Police said speed was a factor in the crash that sent two small children to the hospital with serious injuries in September.