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Cape Cod National Seashore Completes Installation of Pedestrian Crossing Beacon in Eastham in Collaboration with Town of Eastham and MA Department of Transportation

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New pedestrian crossing signal on Route 6 and Governor Prence Road provides access to Fort Hill.


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News Release Date: June 12, 2020

Contact: Superintendent Brian Carlstrom, 508-957-0701

EASTHAM, Mass— Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent Brian Carlstrom is pleased to announce that the final steps in the installation of a pedestrian crossing beacon at the intersection of Governor Prence Road and Route 6 near the Captain Penniman House in Eastham are complete. The self-activated beacon stops traffic as needed to allow safe pedestrian crossing of Route 6 to reach Fort Hill, one of the national seashore’s most iconic areas.

This High intensity Activated crossWalK (HAWK) pedestrian crossing beacon road safety improvement is located near a curve on high speed, high volume, four-lane State Route Six, which is under the jurisdiction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT). Superintendent Carlstrom stated, “Mass DOT and the Town of Eastham were substantially involved with the national seashore throughout the process. This newer alternative HAWK beacon and crosswalk will now allow pedestrians safe access to this exceptional area of Cape Cod National Seashore.” The pedestrian beacon was funded through a 2012 Transit in the Parks federal earmark entitled “Improve pedestrian and bicycle crossings of major roadways using self-activated flashing beacons and a hybrid pedestrian beacon.”

Aimee Eckman, Chairman of the Eastham Select Board, stated, “…Many thanks to Cape Cod National Seashore for funding this project and to Senator Julian Cyr, Representative Sarah Peake, Mass DOT, the Cape Cod Commission and Eastham Town Staff for keeping tabs on this project throughout the years! It was truly a collaborative effort that will safely bring visitors traveling on foot or bicycle to more of Eastham’s gems, including Fort Hill, the Captain Penniman House and the Red Maple Swamp.”

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Last updated: June 12, 2020

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