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Pedestrians to get a jump on traffic at square

March 04, 1998

Pedestrians to get a jump on traffic at square

Hagerstown's Public Square will have a more pedestrian-friendly traffic signal pattern this week, City Engineer Bruce Johnston said before Tuesday's City Council work session.

Starting today or Thursday, the white walk sign at the crosswalks will give pedestrians a seven-second head start before parallel traffic gets a green signal, Johnston said.

Some City Council members expressed concern for pedestrians last week because the new signals at the intersection of Washington and Potomac streets didn't provide red lights for all traffic at once so pedestrians could cross safely.

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The Maryland State Highway Administration, which controls the lights because they are on U.S. 40, agreed to change the lights, Johnston said.

Johnston said the seven-second lead will give pedestrians a chance to gain control of the crosswalk before traffic continues.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said she feared that wouldn't be enough time for older residents, especially those using walkers, to cross safely.

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