DelDOT is promising to implement more of the Coastal Highway safety recommendations after Labor Day.
What is ironic about the WALK SMART sign board is that the sidewalk ends. But that is about to change, says Robert B. King, DelDOT community relations officer.
The Coastal Highway pedestrian improvements project, he says, is slated to begin construction in September and will fill in many gaps in the current sidewalk network to allow for a continuous pedestrian corridor. The project also promises to provide for crosswalks on Coastal Highway at several locations.
Page 5 of the Pedestrian Safety Task Force Report released earlier this year makes several recommendations. The sign boards and the overhead pedestrian signs have already been implemented. King notes that some benches are being installed at bus stops as part of the project and Delmarva Power is slated to begin installing additional lights at select locations.
DelDOT’s Traffic Safety is responsible for the message boards along Coastal Highway used for the pedestrian safety campaign this summer. The campaign is a joint effort among the Delaware State Police, DelDOT and Office of Highway Safety to promote pedestrian safety along Coastal Highway between Five Points and the southern limits of Dewey. This is similar to the effort that occurred on Kirkwood Highway in New Castle County, King noted.
In case you missed them, here are the messages the signs displayed this summer:
CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION / PEDS CROSSING ROAD
PED LAWS ENFORCED / WALK SMART
CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION / HIGH PED CRASH LOCATION
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