CRANFORD, NJ - In an ongoing effort to keep its pedestrians safe, the Cranford Police Department has completed the installation of a lighted crosswalk at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and South Union Avenue. The pedestrian safety initiative, which was developed by the department’s Traffic Bureau, includes both a yellow-lit crosswalk and advance pedestrian-crossing warning signs.
Pedestrians can simply activate the new lighted system by pushing a button on the traffic poles which were installed at both sides of the intersection. Once the button is pushed, the lights on the crosswalk and signs begin to flash automatically, allowing enough time for drivers to see the pedestrians and come to a complete stop. This particular location was chosen due to the daily volume of pedestrians crossing from the parking garage to the train station platforms. Additionally, the train trestle just north of the crosswalk causes a sight obstruction for motorists when traveling south on Walnut Avenue. Seeing a pedestrian before the intersection can be a challenge. We expect that the new equipment will increase pedestrian safety awareness in town and make this intersection a safe location to cross, day or night.
Police Chief James Wozniak added, “pedestrian safety is of the highest importance for the CPD and this particular crosswalk has been troublesome due to the amount of volume and its location. We are elated that this project is finally complete.” We would also like to thank the Township Committee for funding the project and the Engineering Department and Department of Public Works for their help with installing it.