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The improved crosswalk was inaugurated in April 2013.The road has four lanes, two in each direction, and a posted speed limit of 35 mph.
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The crosswalk is located next to a senior center where various organizations have meetings, including the South Austin Chapter of AARP.
While the impetus for a safer crossing was to make the area accessible for people who walk or take the bus to the senior center, the safety improvement benefits everyone in the largely residential area, including students and parents walking to local schools.
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