WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The Borough of Waynesboro is receiving some unexpected help in improving pedestrian safety.
Flashing strobe lights will be installed at three downtown crosswalks thanks to behind-the-scenes work of Dave Rock and Stuart Honodel, employees of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation District 8. The lights and their installation come at no cost to the borough.
"They felt it was important to have them in town because of the rash of incidents we had," Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said in making the announcement.
The borough has had approximately 50 pedestrian accidents since January 2004, according to published reports.
Grubbs talked to the Waynesboro Borough Council about the "rectangular, rapid-flashing beacons" at the council's meeting Wednesday.
"They are very bright," Grubbs said. "It's a strobe installed on a pole."
Grubbs said the lights are triggered when a pedestrian steps onto the portion of the curb cut away for wheelchair access.