The crosswalks on Church Street have been repainted on the upstream side of the intersections, reports Honesdale Department of Public Works Director Rich Doney, which should dramatically increase safety on a road marred by the recent death of Ruth Ann Malti.



HONESDALE — The crosswalks on Church Street have been repainted on the upstream side of the intersections, reports Honesdale Department of Public Works Director Rich Doney, which should dramatically increase safety on a road marred by the recent death of Ruth Ann Malti.

Getting the crosswalks on Main Street fixed remains another matter entirely.

Since the inception of the one-way traffic pattern downtown, many have recognized the danger posed by the crossings, which are on the wrong side of the intersections. This leads people to look for pedestrians in the crosswalk only after looking for cars, which makes them much more likely to pull out and hit someone crossing Main Street.

Unfortunately, it’s not a simple matter of repainting, Doney says, because handicap ramps at a number of intersections have to be torn out and replaced, which he called “a major project.”

Council President Michael O’Day said while the council is trying to work with PennDOT to get the situation rectified, it is ultimately PennDOT’s responsibility. The traffic plan was their design, he says, therefore the crosswalks being on the wrong side of the intersections was their design flaw, and they should pay to fix it.

Despite his position O’Day said the council knows about the danger and is committed to getting the problem fixed. He said they are looking for grant money to use for the project, as well as roughly $4,000 for interim signage to warn people of the danger, but trying to find the money is extremely difficult now.

“With the state budget and the local budget being what they are,” he said, “funding for a lot of the projects we need to do is almost nonexistent right now.”