ackson Township supervisors are requesting a study from PennDOT for a crosswalk for blind pedestrians on Route 271.

Township Manager Dave Hirko said two residents living in the 3200 block of William Penn Avenue near Singer Hill have requested the crosswalk. He did not disclose their names.

Hirko said because the street is a state road, the request must go to PennDOT.

And despite supervisors’ support, he said there is only a slim chance that the request will be approved.

“You would have to reduce the speed limit,” Hirko explained, adding that the current speed limit is 45 mph.

Hirko said the residents need to cross the road to retrieve mail.

Tara Callahan, spokeswoman for PennDOT in Hollidaysburg, said she could not comment about the specific request because it has not yet been received or reviewed by her office.

“It would take a lot more extensive review on the part of PennDOT before a decision can be made,” she said.

She did say that, if a crosswalk were not approved, a blind pedestrian area would be the next logical step.

“If a municipality requests an area be designated as a blind person area, PennDOT assumes it is needed and wanted,” Callahan said. “The township would be required to purchase, install and maintain any signage. And we would give permission to have the signs placed on the right of way.”

Hirko said that, once a traffic study is completed and a decision is made by PennDOT, supervisors will consider the matter further.

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