The New York State Department of Transportation is planning to install flashing crosswalk signs near SUNY Cortland, according to city of Cortland officials.
City councilperson Pat Lane (D-4th Ward) said at last Tuesday’s council meeting that the DOT will install yellow flashing signs – also called rectangular rapid flashing beacons – on each side of a crosswalk on Tompkins Street near Folmer Drive.
Folmer Drive is located inside a side entrance of SUNY Cortland, with Pashley Drive to the right of the road.
Lane, with the help of City mayor Scott Steve and department of public works supervisor Nic Dovi, noted she’s been pushing for the flashing beacons for quite some time. The signs will include a button for pedestrians to press to alert drivers of people crossing.
DPW deputy supervisor Bill Lund said the DOT will have to go through a design plan before the installation process is confirmed. The future layout of the crosswalk will be similar to the one located on the eastside of Tompkins Street near Owego Street and Prospect Terrace.