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Santa Ana school welcomes new traffic light

April 27, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
A nine-year fight to get a stop light installed at a dangerous intersection near Lincoln Elementary School in Santa Ana is finally over.

Parents, along with city and school leaders, attended a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday for the new traffic light. The signal replaces a four-way stop sign at Sullivan and Willits streets.

According to Public Works officials, the project met qualifications back in 2003, but did not receive federal funding until it recently made its way to the top of the priority list.

"Over 1,000 students attend this school, so it's a big priority for us," said Raul Godinez, Santa Ana Public Works director.

The school said traffic has slowed from 50 miles per hour to the posted 25 since the stop light was put in place.