LANCASTER, Penna. (February 14th, 2022) – With the main directive of creating a safe place for pedestrians to cross a busy and heavily traveled Lititz Pike, Manheim Township has introduced the Robindale Sunrise Safe Crossing. The crossing is located on S.R. 501 (Lititz Pike) and has been in operation since December 15th, 2021.
Pedestrians wishing to cross from either Robindale or Sunrise Avenues should push the button on the pole to warn motorists that they are intending to cross the road. The overhead crossing sign will flash yellow for 25 seconds in both directions. The pedestrian should understand that this fixture is not a stop light, and that they should take great precaution, making sure traffic comes to a stop on both sides before crossing. Motorists should see the yellow flashing lights and yield to the pedestrian.
“Look both ways. If 25 seconds expires and you haven’t had a chance to cross, press it again and wait for a break in the traffic,” said Manheim Township Assistant Director of Public Works, Bill Sauers.
Sauers added that warning signs for drivers have been placed on both sides of the road and that signs will be installed instructing pedestrians to look both ways. “It’s going to take time for people traveling this highway to adjust.”
Before the Robindale Sunrise Safe Crossing was approved and erected, pedestrians crossed Lititz Pike with zero assistance, or awareness from motorists traveling at speeds between 40-50 mph.
“This area has been an important crossing location for those looking to come and go from Overlook Park, but not one that was easily made safer for pedestrians,” said Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning Director, Matt Stopa.
In order to officially proceed with the creation of the Robindale Sunrise Safe Crossing, PennDOT needed to approve the project with Lititz Pike designated as a state road. With their approval, Manheim Township moved forward with the plan and began construction in the summer of 2021.
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