Crews from Golden Bay Construction make the finishing touches Aug. 24 on a crosswalk on West 10th Street and Orchard Drive in front of Gilroy High School. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
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Work wrapped up recently on various upgrades to the crosswalk at the intersection of West 10th Street and Orchard Drive.

Curb extensions, refuge areas to provide a shortened pedestrian crossing distance and green bike lanes are among the additions for the crosswalk that is heavily used by students at the adjacent Gilroy High School. Pedestrians can also activate a flashing light to warn vehicles that they are about to cross.

The Gilroy City Council in June approved a $150,895 contract with Golden Bay Construction for the project. The Gilroy Unified School District will share half of the costs with the city.

Green bike lanes and other striping were added to the intersection. Photo: Tarmo Hannula
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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.

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