Thanks to an initiative called Access Delaware, school zone flashing signals in the City of Delaware, Ohio now include new technology and solar power.
Six electric flasher devices were replaced with solar-powered units, bringing the citywide total to 11 flashing units powered entirely by the sun.
Old hardware inside the flasher units was replaced with new computers that make it possible for school year calendars to be uploaded so that beacons will only operate when schools are in session. The computers can also be programmed for weather delays, late starts and early-dismissals.
Rear-facing flashing beacons have been added to each hazard pole to reinforce school zone locations and warn motorists driving into a zone from mid-block or a side street or driveway that they are within an active school zone.
The work was funded by a combination of gas tax money, license fees and general fund revenue.
Delaware City officials say that rear facing beacons on William Street, near Carlisle School, will be added when the units are replaces as part of the East William Street widening project in 2019.