Atherton's pedestrian-activated stoplight on El Camino Real at Almendral Avenue has been turned on.
A ceremony was held at the nearby Menlo Park Fire Protection District's Station 3 at 32 Almendral Ave. Speakers included Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis, Chief Harold Schapelhouman of the fire district, and Caltrans Deputy District Director Sean Nozzari.
The new stoplight is the first of three that will be installed on El Camino Real. The lights, which stay dark until activated by pedestrians or bicyclists, were requested by the town after a series of serious accidents and fatalities along the busy state highway that cuts through the town.
The Almendral light was paid for by the town of Atherton and the Menlo Park fire district, which will be able to control it to allow its vehicles to more easily travel from the fire station on Almendral.
Caltrans agreed in 2012 to pay for and install two more pedestrian-activated stoplights on El Camino at Isabella and Alejandra avenues, but Caltrans says those lights won't be installed until 2017.
The light at Almendral will be owned and maintained by Caltrans once installed.