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The City of Easton and Lafayette partner to complete the project

Flashing crosswalk signs were recently installed at the intersection of Cattell and High streets, as well as Cattell and March streets, easing many community concerns about pedestrian safety. Charged by solar energy, the signs are timed to provide necessary light for evening walkers without disturbing the surrounding neighborhood.
Patricia Cerankowski, human resources assistant, initiated the project in April 2007 after discussing the many danger issues with Leslie Muhlfelder, vice president of human resources and general counsel. According to Cerankowski, PennDOT officials had conducted a traffic study many years ago, but they concluded that the intersections did not warrant vehicle traffic lights.

In coordination with David Hopkins, Easton’s director of public services, Cerankowski proposed the installation of flashing crosswalk signs instead of the vehicle traffic lights which PennDOT previously denied. It was agreed that the College would cover the cost of materials, and the City of Easton would absorb installation fees and future maintenance costs

“This project was quite a learning experience,” says Cerankowski, “and Dave was instrumental in guiding me through the process. I think this preventative measure will prove to keep students, faculty, and the entire College Hill community safe.”

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