Editor's Note: This story was updated at 1 p.m. on Jan. 2 in response to questions from a reader.
A new flashing warning device to improve safety near Perkiomen Valley Middle School West was installed on Dec. 21, and may change local traffic in now that school has started back up in 2013.
The light, which cost the school district $50,000, has been in construction since the summer, when foundations were laid and conduits were installed, according to the Perkiomen Valley School District.
The light, which is powered by Lower Frederick Towship, was finished when supporting poles that met PennDOT requirements were delivered recently.
Perkiomen Valley High School student Rebecca Myers turned on the light last week. Myers was instrumental in obtaining the light from PennDOT following a bus accident that occured outside of the school several years ago.
Myers and her mother, Sandra, joined Superintendent Dr. Cliff Rogers, Operations Director Scott Clemmer, Principal Ryan Stanson-Marsh and School Board Member Ann Mantey to “flip the switch.”
While no students walk on Rt. 73 to get to the middle school, the Perkiomen Valley School District believes this will help to alert motorists when school busses enter and exit the school's parking lot.