Jaindl Elementary School students coming from Parkland View apartments should have a safer place to cross starting in the fall.
Scott Stenroos, Upper Macungie Township’s traffic engineer, told township supervisors Thursday that the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation provides free portable crosswalk signs, called channeling devices, that the district’s crossing guard can set up and take down before and after school.
The sign, which sits in the street, says “State Law Yield to Pedestrians within Crosswalk.”
To be eligible for the signs, the district would have to paint the crosswalk on Cetronia, Stenroos said. The district already has a crossing guard helping students coming from Parkland View apartments cross at the intersection of Cetronia and Mosser roads.
Parkland Superintendent Richard Sniscak and Jaindl Principal Diana Schantz to the attention of township supervisors in May. Schantz said there are no speed limit signs for traffic coming off of Route 100 and some drivers go pretty fast. “We’ve had some close calls,” she said.
Stenroos, of Keystone Consulting Engineers, said advance signs to warn motorists to slow down before the crosswalk could also be installed. The plan has to be reviewed by the township Public Works department.
“Parkland would like to have everything in place for the next school year,” he said.