Safety Improvements Coming to Harwich Bike Crossing

bikeaHARWICH – Safety improvements are coming for bikers and motorists alike at a busy intersection in Harwich.

A new signal will be installed at the intersection of the Old Colony Rail Trail and Route 39; the signal will warn motorists if bikers are approaching the crossing.

“The Rail Trail crosses at a pretty good angle so for motorists and for bicyclists its hard to get a good view of oncoming traffic,” said Harwich Selectman Ed McManus.

The installation will cost $12,500. The money comes from Community Preservation funds. McManus says it’s well worth adding the signal to make the crossing safer.

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“Watching it over the summer it’s been a great recreational draw to our area. The amount of traffic down there is just overwhelming, and we just want to make it safe for everybody.”