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For Immediate Release: 08/28/2023
Contact Person: Ligia Madeira, 508-821-1000
O’CONNELL ANNOUNCES NEW MAIN STREET CROSSWALKS
Taunton, MA… Today, Mayor O’Connell announced the installation of three newly redesigned Main Street crosswalks, located at the intersections of Cedar, Trescott, and School Streets. This project will enhance pedestrian safety and create a more walkable and revitalized downtown.
“Our downtown revitalization efforts have taken another step forward with the addition of three beautiful new crosswalks on Main Street. These artistic crossings will enhance the overall flair and vibrancy that we continue to cultivate downtown, as well as serve as a speed-reducing measure for motorists traveling through Taunton Center,” said Mayor O’Connell. “Thank you to City Councilor Phil Duarte for proposing this creative idea to the City last year, and to the Office of Economic and Community Development and Department of Public Works for guiding this project.”
The new crosswalks, which were funded by a MassDOT Shared Streets and Spaces grant, incorporate a high-visibility appearance and a texture change which stand out easily to drivers. The crosswalks will soon be accompanied by pedestrian-activated rectangular rapid-flashing beacons (RRFBs) which will alert drivers to pedestrian crossings. These new signs will flash when pushed by a button, and will replace current signs which flash continuously, further enhancing the safety of the area.
“As a resident of downtown, I know very well that it can be difficult to cross the street at these intersections because some people do not treat Main Street like they are driving through a downtown,” said Councilor Phil Duarte. “I strongly believed in the importance of this project and I appreciate the Mayor’s commitment to bringing this project to fruition.”
Colleen Simmons, the Executive Director of the Downtown Taunton Foundation, is a close partner with the Mayor’s Office in developing a vibrant City Center, and is equally pleased about the crosswalk makeover. “Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Councilor Duarte and the City of Taunton, this project is a significant step toward improving pedestrian safety and creating a more walkable environment in our downtown,” said Simmons. “Mayor O’Connell is a staunch supporter of all efforts to improve the downtown area and we continue to see the benefits of this Administration’s commitment to our City. The new crosswalks perfectly align with the goals set forth in the Downtown Taunton Foundation's 5-year strategic plan, which aims to promote and foster a more walkable community.”
Mayor O’Connell encourages residents to visit Downtown Taunton and see first-hand Main Street’s newest improvement and observe all the active hard work dedicated to revitalizing downtown. ###