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Pedestrian friendly signals in works in Brentwood

After hearing about the death of a child in a suburban Pittsburgh neighborhood that, like Brentwood, did not have pedestrian street signals to help people safely cross the street, borough Manager George Zboyovsky said he had to do something.

“I said, ‘We need to try harder,'” Zboyovsky said.

Brentwood already had been denied a grant to assist the borough in funding pedestrian signals and upgrades to traffic lights at the Brownsville and Willock road intersection.

Yet, they tried again.

This time, in 2014, the borough was notified it received a $162,000 Automated Red Light Enforcement grant to upgrade the traffic lights and add pedestrian signals at the intersection, Zboyovsky said.

Crews last week began work behind the scenes to upgrade traffic and pedestrian signals at the intersection that will include adding LED traffic lights, new LED pedestrian countdown signals and push buttons and adding handicap accessible sidewalks.

Onsite work, completed through a $198,000 contract with Bentleyville-based Traffic Control and Engineering, likely will begin in the next month, Zboyovsky said.

For Zboyovsky, who has witnessed two pedestrians struck by vehicles at the intersection, the upgrades are much needed at the intersection just blocks away from Brentwood High School and across the street from St. Sylvester Church.

“We're a walking community. We don't have (school) buses. We have children walking on these streets, but we don't have pedestrian signals,” he said.

The pedestrian friendly signals will mirror those by Towne Square Way.

The new signals also will include decibel-based light changes that will activate based on the sirens of emergency service vehicles, he said.

By 2018, Brentwood leaders plan to have similar upgrades in place at the intersection of Marylea Avenue and Brownsville Road.

Brentwood this year received a grant from Southern Pennsylvania Commission for that project.

The borough will be required to pay $66,806, or 20 percent, toward the $334,029 project that likely will be completed in 2018, Zboyovsky said.

Stephanie Hacke is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-388-5818 or [email protected].


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