Responding to public safety concerns at three busy intersections on Clairton Boulevard (Route 51), the Baldwin Borough Council approved an approximately $8,000 contract in May to have those intersections marked with crosswalks.
"Maintaining the crosswalks and pedestrian/traffic signals is the responsibility of the borough," Baldwin Manager John Barrett said on Wednesday. "The crosswalks require periodic maintenance and were due for some attention. Borough Council also wanted to respond positively to the pedestrian accidents that have taken place along State Route 51 in the borough."
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.
"The crosswalk installation, along with the installation of a green turning arrow at State Route 51 and Irwin Drive were meant to increase pedestrian safety," Barrett said.
The crosswalk lines were painted 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 turning arrow at Irwin is not functional just yet, Barrett said. Its controller box has to be programmed, and a permit with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation needs to be adjusted. Barrett expected the arrow to be functional in another week or two.
PennDOT OK'd the Baldwin Council's pedestrian measures, but Baldwin was responsible for paying for them.
Check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch later on Wednesday for more from Tuesday night's council meeting.
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