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Waynesboro to install flashing crosswalk lights

April 26, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — One Franklin County, Pa., municipality will be getting flashing lights to protect pedestrians, while another continues to wait for state reimbursement years after installing a set of lights.

The Borough of Waynesboro will soon buy materials needed to install sets of flashing lights at pedestrian crosswalks. The $87,900 project will place the lights at the intersections of Sunnyside Avenue and East Main Street, Fairview Avenue and West Main Street, South Potomac and Gay streets, and South Potomac and West Second streets.

“We already have a signed reimbursement agreement,” Borough Engineer Kevin Grubbs said.

That agreement calls for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to reimburse the borough for the materials and installation expenses, he said.

The Borough of Mont Alto participated in a 2009 pilot program to install flashing pedestrian lights for students walking onto the Penn State Mont Alto campus.

Mont Alto Mayor John Esser said many people seem to be pleased with the lights, but PennDOT still owes the municipality more than $19,000 in reimbursement funding. He told Transportation Secretary Barry J. Schoch about the problem when Schoch visited the county in early March.

“I thought when the secretary was down, quite honestly, we’d see (the money) before now, but as long as we get it,” Esser said.

PennDOT asked for additional documentation and a resolution passed by the council, Esser said. With that now submitted, the reimbursement will hopefully be forthcoming, he said.

“We’re getting closer,” Esser said.

To pay for the pedestrian lights, the Borough of Mont Alto used liquid fuels funding that would otherwise be used for road paving.

“Nineteen thousand dollars to a small borough like Mont Alto is quite a bit,” Esser said.

The lights work well as long as students push the buttons to activate them, Esser said.

“They really flash,” he said. “You can really see them from a distance away.”

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