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 and Irwin Drive, between and Grace Street, and between and Streets Run Road (on the 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.
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 , and on March 8, a man was .
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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