In an effort to control pedestrian traffic and improve public safety, the Baldwin Borough Council has authorized borough engineers to design three crosswalks for a busy stretch of Route 51 in south Baldwin.
The crosswalks would be between CVS Pharmacy and Irwin Drive, between Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Parish and Grace Street, and between Eat'n Park and Streets Run Road (on the Whitehall Borough border), roughly.
The council unanimously made that authorization at a borough meeting on Tuesday night. The firm of Lennon, Smith, Souleret Engineering, Inc., will draw the designs and return them to the Baldwin Council before a final decision is made.
The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has OK'd crosswalks for those intersections, but Baldwin will be responsible for paying for them.
Baldwin Borough Manager John Barrett said that borough officials are considering installing a left turning arrow at the Irwin intersection, as well, but that is still to be determined.
Tuesday night's decision comes in the wake of multiple pedestrian accidents in that area of Route 51. On Feb. 1, a woman was hit by a car and injured badly near Grace Street, and on March 8, a man was killed in an accident near the Route 51 cloverleaf.
Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch later on Wednesday for more odds and ends from Tuesday night's council meeting.
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