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Harrisburg sets first public meeting for “Vision Zero”

Traffic is diverted around an accident at N. 3rd and Forster streets, the scene of many crashes in Harrisburg.

Do you feel like you’re in a game of Frogger whenever you try to cross one of Harrisburg’s main roads?

Then you may want to attend a public meeting that the city government is planning for its nascent “Vision Zero” initiative, which aims to improve pedestrian safety and slash, even eradicate, fatalities.

According to the city, the June 27 meeting is designed to give information about the proposed program and, in turn, listen to feedback from residents.

Vehicle-related fatalities have quadrupled in the city in the last four years, according to PennDOT data, rising from two deaths in 2013 to eight deaths in 2017.

Vision Zero aims to eliminate vehicle-related deaths within the next decade, city Engineer Wayne Martin has told TheBurg.

The city also is undertaking a rapid-response study to improve transportation safety on State Street, the site of five pedestrian deaths in the past 19 months.

At next week’s meeting, city officials will focus on the State Street rapid response, which is the program’s first phase, according to the city. Officials will take comments and provide information about State Street traffic accidents.

The meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 27, 5 to 7 p.m., at Fire Station No. 2, located at the corner of State and N. 16th streets, Harrisburg.

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