Greenville continues pedestrian improvement projects

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT)- After multiple complaints about crosswalks in our area, the city of Greenville is taking action.

On Monday, public works started a project that could make crosswalks safer for pedestrians. They are focusing on areas off Cotanche, Charles, and Moye. The first part of the process is research. Experts need to find out what’s needed at each location.

Traffic engineer Richard Dicesare said, “There’s different various levels of ways we can try to accommodate a pedestrian crossing, but each of them has a set of criteria that we must compare the volumes to.”

Dicesare says the crosswalks he’s looking into could qualify for anything from a new sign to a flashing beam, or even a traffic light.

Dicesare’s crew installed cameras to record traffic levels and pedestrian activity. The camera’s findings will help Dicesare determine what type of changes each intersection will get.

“The answer may be that, nothing further is warranted at any of these crossings,” Dicesare said.

Students say whatever changes the city decides to make, they will be greatly appreciated.

“It will definitely be beneficial, especially at night time because it can get kind of sketchy,” ECU student Anthony Waldner said. “Because a lot of these lights around here, they like flicker in and out.”

It will take two weeks for public works to collect all the data. Experts will use those numbers to decide what types of additions each crosswalk will get.

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