City to adjust pedestrian signals in Fells Point

Changes aim to make neighborhood safer for people on foot

May 26, 2011|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

In response to a neighborhood outcry, Baltimore's Department of Transportation and City Councilman Jim Kraft announced a series of changes to pedestrian signals and crosswalks intended to make walking safer in Fells Point.

Transportation Director Khalil Zaied said the city would soon adjust the signals at seven Fells Point intersections to flash an automatic "walk" sign at set intervals between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. At other times, pedestrians would push a button for a walk signal.

The intersections include east-west Eastern Avenue and Fleet Street where they cross north-south Wolfe, Ann and Washington streets, as well as the intersection of Gough and Wolfe streets. The city said that crosswalks in the neighborhood would be re-striped and that traffic-calming improvements would be made along Bank Street at Wolfe, Ann and Washington.

In addition, the city said it would work with community associations to study whether to convert Wolfe and Washington to two-way use south of Pratt Street. Kraft, whom the city said helped broker the agreement, called the changes "a positive sign" about the department's commitment to keeping Fells Point safe for pedestrians.

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