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Campaign to improve safety for pedestrians

October 18, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

The Hagerstown City Council on Tuesday showed favor to a public awareness campaign that the city's engineer said will be designed to improve pedestrian safety.

The program presented by City Engineer Rodney A. Tissue includes new signs, handicapped ramps, pedestrian lights and educational information. It also would continue efforts with the Hagerstown Police Department to enforce crosswalk laws, Tissue said.

"We believe we need to do a little more to make motorists aware of the laws," Tissue said.

He also presented the council with information about a grant from the Maryland State Highway Administration that could provide $155,000 to install a sidewalk along Maryland Avenue between Wilson Boulevard and Downsville Road.

The council agreed to apply for the grant in conjunction with the Hagerstown Police Department and Washington County Health Department.

An additional $130,000 of grant funding could be used for public education, to purchase a variable message sign and to install pedestrian lights at three intersections near Winter Street Elementary School, Tissue said.

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Those intersections are notorious for traffic violations, Hagerstown Police Lt. Rick Reynolds said. In fact, police recruits are taken to the intersection of Church Street and Nottingham Road to watch traffic violations, he said.

Police issued 250 moving citations during the first two weeks of the school year, Reynolds said.

"Every student who attends that school walks to school," he said.

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