Hellertown Borough Receives $200,000 Pedestrian Safety Grant

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Credit: Google Maps Street View (Aug. 2016)

The intersection of Main Street and Thomas Avenue in Hellertown borough is one of the six intersections that will receive pedestrian safety upgrades because of the grant funding.

Credit: Google Maps Street View (Aug. 2016)

The intersection of Main Street and Thomas Avenue in Hellertown borough, photographed in Aug. 2016. Businesses are located on all four corners of the intersection, which is heavily used by pedestrians.

As part of an ongoing effort to improve pedestrian safety in the borough of Hellertown, local officials Monday accepted a $200,000 grant that will be used to help fund improvements at Main Street (Rt. 412) and Thomas Avenue; improvements that will include the installation of a rapid flashing beacon system and decorative crosswalks, Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and the installation of curbing and a bus shelter.

The rapid flashing beacon system will utilize lights and sensors to help direct motorists’ attention to pedestrians who are waiting to cross the street.

The grant is from Transportation Alternatives Set Aside Funds (TASA).

Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft and Borough Engineer Bryan Smith, of Barry Isett & Associates, accepted the grant award from PennDOT District Executive Michael Rebert, PennDOT Central Office’s Ray Green and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley.

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Pictured from left at the grant award presentation Monday: Borough Engineer Bryan Smith, Barry Isett & Associates; Hellertown Borough Manager Cathy Hartranft; PennDOT District Executive Michael Rebert; Ray Green, PennDOT Central Office; and Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley.

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