Who scrambled first?

By Kendra Caruso | Aug 31, 2019
Photo by: Kendra Caruso People cross the intersection of Main and High streets Aug. 29 on Belfast's "pedestrian scramble" crosswalk, introduced in June.

Belfast — The Kennebec Journal recently reported that Augusta will have the first "pedestrian scramble" crosswalk in Maine, where two crosswalks pass diagonally through an intersection. The crosswalk design depicted in the article appears to be the same as the one at the intersection of High and Main streets in Belfast.

State Department of Transportation spokesman Paul Merrill was cited in the article saying that he believes it will be the first of its kind in the state. However, Belfast added its crosswalk in June.

When contacted about the assertion this week, Merrill said the department’s traffic engineers were looking into the Belfast design but thought it was different from the one proposed in Augusta.

Augusta's claim to being first was mentioned in an Aug. 20 City Council meeting by Councilor Neal Harkness during communications to the public.

“I just want to point it out to whatever newspaper it was, that Belfast had an X crosswalk before Augusta did,” Harkness said. “ … And we beat them by a couple of months.”


Comments (4)
Posted by: Brian Callahan | Sep 01, 2019 05:46

Interesting article. Thanks.


Posted by: Eric Schrader | Sep 01, 2019 04:25

Don't worry Ralph, they're coming. And when they hit the public domain, it ain't going to be pretty for the City Council and Administration. Just be patient.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Aug 31, 2019 19:21

Would agree. Why not point out maybe half the ton of things that you would consider worthy of substantive reporting.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 31, 2019 17:38

Now what is the purpose of this article other than taking up digital space. There are a ton of things that could be the subject matter of substantive reporting. All you have to do is open your eyes, pay attention and look beyond the bloviating of the Council and you'd be surprised what you could find. It's staring you right in the face.

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