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Horsham Seeks Ped Signal at Busy Intersection

The Horsham Township Council hopes to have pedestrian signals installed at Horsham and Babylon roads.

The intersection of Babylon and Horsham roads serves as a detour for the township's PECO Power Line Trail and a crossing point for Hatboro-Horsham High School athletes.

And within a few weeks, Horsham Township officials said people on foot will be able to cross the roadway more safely.

During Monday night's Horsham Township Council meeting, the governing body voted 4-0 to approve a permit application for pedestrian signalization of the busy intersection, which is adjacent to the Horsham Township Library. Councilwoman Deborah Tustin was absent.  

Township Manager Bill Walker said he expects to receive the needed materials from PennDOT within a few weeks and to have the flashing pedestrian signals installed by early March. 

Walker said the township's has budgeted $4,000 to cover the cost. 

The permit for PennDOT was already completed, Walker said, adding that a resolution from the council was necessary to apply and have the signals installed. Flashing "hand man" signals are lacking at the intersection, he said, adding that pedestrian crossing is allowed at Babylon and Horsham roads now.

"People look for the pedestrian signals," Walker said. "People are looking for that guidance."

Walker said the pedestrian signals would be tied in with the timing of the intersection's traffic signal.  

Bob January 29, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Are the Horsham Police going to enforce the crosswalk? Or is this just another "feel good" cross walk? Do the Horsham Cops set up crosswalk traps like cops in NJ do?
Tara January 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM
What about the intersection of 611 & Maple where multiple people have been killed crossing? Oh wait I guess thats on the wrong side of the old base for improvement & safety.
Theresa Katalinas January 29, 2013 at 01:38 PM
Tara, That area is being looked at for improvements too. See this article: http://horsham.patch.com/articles/after-two-deadly-crashes-changes-requested
James Kephart Jr. January 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Ped signals are a complete and utter waste of money and resources - period.

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