New pedestrian traffic sign on Route 9 in Hadley to improve safety

Hampshire County

Hadley has a new pedestrian traffic signal on Route 9.

This Pedestrian Highway Beacon or PHB will help improve safety for pedestrians on a section of Route 9, which is known to be a dangerous area for pedestrians.

MassDOT installed the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon on Route 9 near the Hadley Courthouse Tuesday.

The Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon uses traffic lights to alert drivers when a pedestrian enters the crosswalk. 

Hadley DPW Director Marlo Warner told 22News pedestrians have been hit by cars on this section of Route 9 in the past. 

“If people want to cross the road, they want to feel safe while crossing the road,” said Holyoke resident Paula Dembinske. “Not nervous that they are going to be hit by a car there’s been a lot of accident due to that.” 

Warner told 22News the Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon was a state-funded project and didn’t cost the town any money. 

This was the first Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon installed in Hadley and is one of a dozen in Massachusetts.  

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