(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — The public can view plans online for the safety project coming soon to Cranberry Street and the Bayfront Pkwy.
The Cranberry Street Safety Improvement Project will include the installation of a new traffic signal and pedestrian upgrades at the intersection of the Bayfront Parkway (Route 4034) and Cranberry Street, PennDOT reports.
The project will include new ADA curb ramps with pedestrian lighting, countdown pedestrian signal heads, piano key style painted crosswalks and flashing yellow arrows for westbound traffic. There will also be some sidewalk replacement and asphalt paving on Cranberry Street and new pavement markings.
According to PennDOT, emergency preemption and omnidirectional vehicle detection systems will also be installed.
“During the design phase for the Bayfront Parkway Central corridor Project we heard from many people who were concerned about this intersection, including the city. Because it was outside the scope of that project, we handled it through a separate analysis as we continue to seek ways to improve connectivity between the city and the waterfront,” said Tom McClelland, PennDOT District 1 assistant district executive of design.
Currently, the intersection is controlled by a stop sign on Cranberry Street only and a push-button flashing beacon system for pedestrians at the crosswalk.
Work is expected to occur in the 2024 construction season and is expected to take about three months to complete.
During the project, the Bayfront Multimodal Trail will be closed to all bikes and pedestrians for 24 hours for the installation of a new ADA curb ramp at the northeast corner of the intersection.
The public is invited to review the plans and comment on the project.
“We’ve received a lot of comments on the project already and decided to clarify some aspects of the plan. We hope people will look at the plans and give feedback about their experience driving or walking from Cranberry Street to the Bayfront Parkway and how this can improve that,” McClelland added.
The plans display for the Cranberry Street Safety Improvement Project, which is online-only, includes a handout, a presentation, and an online comment form. It will be open until Sept. 7 and can be found at www.penndot.pa.gov/District1.