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Town of Fountain Hills Street Department staff has begun installing new stop signs in the community that have flashing LED lighting to enhance visibility.

The first of the new signs went up last week at the intersection of Saguaro Boulevard and Avenue of the Fountains. The intersection at La Montana Drive and Palisades Boulevard was to follow.

The signs will also be installed at Avenue of the Fountains and Verde River Drive with the addition of signs to create a four-way stop at that intersection.

The signs are standard 36-inch stop signs, but ringed with white LED lighting which flashes continuously, providing greater visibility. They are powered by a solar collector at the top of each sign post.

The new stop sign technology is being adopted as part of an effort to improve pedestrian and traffic safety in Fountain Hills.

New street signs were also installed at the intersection of the Avenue and Saguaro.

In June the Town Council approved a contract not to exceed $119,000 with Interwest Safety Supply for street and traffic signs and hardware.

The hallmark of the purchase is $79,823 for 40 of the LED lighted stop signs.

The town is responsible for maintenance of 5,405 signs as well as street name signs. Staff replaces outdated or damaged signs as needed to ensure that state and federal guidelines are met. The contract allows for uninterrupted availability of signs and hardware.

The balance of this contract will include $30,000 for other street signs and $10,000 for Community Services for parks and trail signs.