The Suffolk County Legislature has awarded East Hampton Village a $37,000 grant to install an illuminated crosswalk on Newtown Lane next year, according to a press release on Monday from Suffolk County Legislator Jay Scheniderman.
The crosswalk between Sam’s restaurant and Scoop Du Jour will be upgraded with LED lights that will be embedded in the surface of the pavement. The lights will be wired to a control box where pedestrians push a button to signal that they are ready to cross.
The construction is expected to take one week and will be scheduled for completion in the off-season to avoid traffic problems.
The village will provide 50 percent in matching funds to construct the crosswalk, which will be identical to the two LED crosswalks that the village installed in 2012 on Main Street at Huntting Lane and the Circle, according to the release.
The State Department of Transportation put in those crosswalks since Main Street is part of Montauk Highway, a state road. The village pays to maintain them and supply them with electricity.
This time around, the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce worked with village officials to apply for the grant.
The Village Board first discussed the idea of illuminating crosswalks after two pedestrians were struck on Main Street in 2008. East Hampton Village Police Chief Jerry Larsen said at the time that more people were struck by cars in crosswalks than outside of them because pedestrians get a false sense of security.
“This project is an important one in promoting pedestrian safety in the village’s business district,” said Village Mayor Paul F. Rickenbach Jr. “The illuminated crosswalks the village currently has have been a success.”