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SACRAMENTO-

Sacramento City Council passed a motion to approve the plans and specifications for the Fruitridge Road and 58th Street streetlight project.

The intersection lies in a half-mile stretch on Fruitridge Road, between Stockton Blvd and 62nd Street with no streetlights. Because of this, it has been deemed a dangerous intersection.

Two years ago, a West Campus high school student, Michelle Murigi, was struck and killed by a speeding motorist.

“The cars don’t really watch for pedestrians, when the kids are crossing,” student, Adelynn Lackey said.

Since then, pedestrian advocates have been pressuring Sacramento City Council to place a streetlight in the intersection.

The project was approved in 2013, thanks to a partnership between the City and the Sacramento City School District.

At Tuesday night’s Council meeting, members passed the plans and specifications, and awarded the construction contract to Pacific Excavation for an amount not exceed $154,819.

“I think that is going to be a blessing to the students at west campus high school,” Principal Gregory Thomas of West Campus High School said.

With the specs now approved, construction should begin shortly.

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