PORTLAND — The city of Portland announced on Tuesday that it is planning to make major improvements to three pedestrian crossings near city schools.

City spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the projects, which will be funded with a combination of federal, state and local Safe Routes to Schools funds, will occur over the summer months.

Each project is designed to create safer environments for elementary and middle school students, who walk or ride their bicycles to school.

Three neighborhoods will be affected by the projects including the East End, East Deering and North Deering.

The first project will take place at the intersection of the Eastern Prom and Washington Avenue and will result in a pedestrian refuge island and pedestrian activated flashers.

The second project will reconfigure the ramp that connects Washington Avenue with Anderson and Plowman streets to include a 10 foot wide shared use pathway.

In July, pedestrian activated flashers and handicapped accessible curb ramps will be added to two crossings near the Presumpscot Elementary School in East Deering. A flasher will also be added to the intersection of Washington and Maine avenues.

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