Hellertown Receives Nearly $800,000 for Pedestrian Safety Upgrades

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. Installation of pedestrian-activated crossing lights is planned there.

The news for Main Street pedestrians in Hellertown was good Tuesday, when Gov. Tom Wolf announced that the borough has been awarded $792,427 to improve six unsignalized intersections on Main Street with pedestrian-activated crossing lights, ADA-compliant curb ramps and stamped crosswalks in order to increase pedestrian safety.

According to a news release, the funding will supplement an earlier $200,000 award from the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), which is the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission’s Lehigh Valley Transportation Study.

Not far away in Lehigh County, Coopersburg borough also fared well in terms of the announcement of grant funding by the governor Tuesday.

It was announced that Coopersburg borough is the recipient of $1,000,000 in funding for pedestrian and bicycling improvements to North Main Street and West State Street.

The improvements will include pedestrian crosswalks, curb/sidewalk/ADA improvements, pedestrian lighting and “sharrows” (also known as shared lane markings), the news release indicated.

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About Josh Popichak
Josh Popichak

Josh Popichak is a journalist and publisher who is passionate about providing an open online platform and advocating for independent, local news. He has covered news--first in print, later online--in the Saucon Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania since 2005. In addition to writing extensively about local issues, he uses Facebook, Instagram and other social media to help personalize and broaden awareness of topics affecting the communities he covers. He also manages the Facebook pages for several local businesses as part of his business, Saucon Source LLC. He is a 1999 graduate of Bates College, where he was a history major and arts editor for the student newspaper.

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