Gresham mayor, superintendent talk crosswalk

Four students hit in dangerous crossing over two-day span

Four teenagers were hit by oncoming drivers in two days in this crosswalk, just in front of Gresham's Centennial High School. (KOIN 6)
Four teenagers were hit by oncoming drivers in two days in this crosswalk, just in front of Gresham's Centennial High School. (KOIN 6)

GRESHAM, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Gresham Mayor Shane Bemis and Centennial School District Superintendent Sam Breyer met Friday morning to discuss ways to enhance safety protocol at a crosswalk where four students were hit in just two days.

“Ensuring the safety of our children is the most important work we do,” Bemis said in a release Friday. “We at the City of Gresham are working urgently, in partnership with Centennial staff, to keep students safe.”

In addition to assigning a crossing guard, the city will extend hours for existing school flashing lights at the crosswalk, post a flashing message board that urges driver caution, ensure all streetlights are functional and expedite the installation of rapid-flashing beacons.

The City of Gresham is reassigning crews to install the new system, which is expected to be completed by mid-March.

On Wednesday morning, a teenage boy was hit in the crosswalk, in the 3500 block of SE 182nd Avenue, in front of Centennial High School. Three teenage girls were hit in the same spot Thursday evening, raising further concerns the crosswalk, which is not lit, requires quick action.

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