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Crosswalk is not pedestrian

October 14, 2004

HANCOCK - Work is progressing on a high-tech Maryland State Highway Administration crosswalk on Md. 144 in downtown Hancock.

"This type of crosswalk is very new," said George Small, assistant district engineer - traffic.

A test crosswalk has been in operation in Hanover, Md., and there may be one other in Silver Springs, Md., Small said from his office in Cumberland, Md.

Similar to the alarm systems in stores that alert personnel to customers who leave without paying, the crosswalk system consists of two poles, on either side of the street, that emit a signal when a pedestrian breaks the light beam.

That triggers a series of lights embedded in the street to begin flashing, alerting motorists that a pedestrian is ahead, Small said.

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"This is part of the State Highway Administration's major emphasis on pedestrian safety," Small said.

If the crosswalks are successful in cutting down on pedestrian accidents, more may be installed around the state.

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